grateful.

November 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Gratitude doesn’t change the scenery.  It merely washes clean the glass you look through so you can clearly see the colors.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

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Sherwin_Range,_Benton_Crossing

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“Life is filled with unanswered questions, but it is the courage to seek those answers that continues to give meaning to life. You can spend your life wallowing in despair, wondering why you were the one who was led towards the road strewn with pain, or you can be grateful that you are strong enough to survive.” – J.D. Stroube

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Organ_Mountains

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“The world is so exquisite with so much love and moral depth, that there is no reason to deceive ourselves with pretty stories for which there’s little good evidence. Far better it seems to me, in our vulnerability, is to look death in the eye and to be grateful every day for the brief but magnificent opportunity that life provides.” – Carl Sagan

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“If we were always conscious of the fact that people precious to us are frighteningly mortal, hanging not even by a thread, but by a wisp of gossamer, perhaps we would be kinder to them and more grateful for the love and friendship they give to us.” – Dean Koontz

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Pitts S1S Flying over the High Sierra Nevada Mountains

 

http://yellowairplane.com/Pitts/Pitts_Top.html

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“It is unearned love–the love that goes before, that greets us on the way. It’s the help you receive when you have no bright ideas left, when you are empty and desperate and have discovered that your best thinking and most charming charm have failed you. Grace is the light or electricity or juice or breeze that takes you from that isolated place and puts you with others who are as startled and embarrassed and eventually grateful as you are to be there.” -Ann Lamott

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“Grace is the light or electricity or juice or breeze that takes you from that isolated place and puts you with others who are as startled and embarrassed and eventually grateful as you are to be there.” – Ann Lamott

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power.

November 15, 2015 § Leave a comment

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” – Audre Lord

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Fishlake National Park

Fishlake National Park

http://www.stateparks.com/utah_parks_and_recreation_destinations.html

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“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.” – Robert Fulghum

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Elk Ridge Road Scenic Backway

Elk Ridge Road Scenic Backway

http://www.dangerousroads.org/north-america/usa/4381-elk-ridge-road-scenic-backway.html

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“From the backstabbing co-worker to the meddling sister-in-law, you are in charge of how you react to the people and events in your life. You can either give negativity power over your life or you can choose happiness instead. Take control and choose to focus on what is important in your life. Those who cannot live fully often become destroyers of life.” – Anais Nin

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LaSal Range

LaSal Range

http://good-times-rollin.blogspot.com/2014/10/oowah-lake.html

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“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” – Brene’ Brown
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Manti - La Sal National Forest

Manti – La Sal National Forest

http://taketothehighway.com/tag/blanding

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“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not a mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition and of unspeakable love.” – Washinton Irving
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“For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk and we learned to listen. Speech has allowed the communication of ideas, enabling human beings to work together to build the impossible. Mankind’s greatest achievements have come about by talking, and its greatest failures by not talking. It doesn’t have to be like this. Our greatest hopes could become reality in the future. With the technology at our disposal, the possibilities are unbounded. All we need to do is make sure we keep talking.”- Stephen Hawking
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Manti-La Sal National Forest

Manti-La Sal National Forest

http://www.fs.usda.gov/mantilasal/

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“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.” – Randy Pausch
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“Even in the darkest and most cruel person, there is still a kernel of good. And within the most perfect champion, there is darkness. The question is, will one give in to the dark or the light? It’s something we decide with every choice we make, every day that we exist. What might not be evil to you could be evil to someone else. Knowing this makes us powerful even without magic.” – Morgan Rhodes
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“There is a LIGHT in this world. A healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometime lose sight of this force when there is suffering, and too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.”- Richard Attenborough
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elegant.

November 14, 2015 § Leave a comment

“But nature is always more subtle, more intricate, more elegant than what we are able to imagine.” – Carl Sagan

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Wasatch Mountain Range

Wasatch Mountain Range

http://myabccoolpix.com/wasatch+mountains+panorama

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“Wisdom demands a new orientation of science and technology toward the organic, the gentle, the elegant and beautiful.”- Ernst F. Schumaker

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Wasatch Cache National Forest

Wasatch Cache National Forest

http://www.allparkcity.com/nature/wasatch_cache_national_forest.php

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“The beautiful wooden board on a stand in my father’s study. The gleaming ivory pieces. The stern king. The haughty queen. The noble knight. The pious bishop. And the game itself, the way each piece contributed its individual power to the whole. It was simple. It was complex. It was savage; it was elegant. It was a dance; it was a war. It was finite and eternal. It was life.” – Rick Yancy

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Provo Mountains & Mt. Timpanogo

Provo Mountains & Mt. Timpanogo

http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/North_America/United_States/West/Utah/Wasatch_Mountains/photo249593.htm

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“Elegance is not an outer quality, but a part of the soul that is visible to others.” – Paul Coelho

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respect.

November 14, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Truly powerful people don’t explain why they want respect. They simply don’t engage someone who doesn’t give it to them.” – Sherry Argov

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lenticular cloud over Mt. Nebo Utah

lenticular cloud over Mt. Nebo Utah

http://www.anntorrence.com/blog/2006/12/lenticular-cloud-over-nephi.html

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“In youth, it was a way I had,
To do my best to please.
And change, with every passing lad
To suit his theories.

But now I know the things I know
And do the things I do,
And if you do not like me so,
To hell, my love, with you.” – Dorothy Parker

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Provo Peak from the Rock Canyon Trail

Provo Peak from the Rock Canyon Trail

http://taxliens.homestead.com/Photos.html

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“A true gentleman is one that apologizes anyways, even though he has not offended a lady intentionally. He is in a class all of his own because he knows the value of a woman’s heart.” – Shannon Alder
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“What is home? My favorite definition is “a safe place,” a place where one is free from attack, a place where one experiences secure relationships and affirmation. It’s a place where people share and understand each other. Its relationships are nurturing. The people in it do not need to be perfect; instead, they need to be honest, loving, supportive, recognizing a common humanity that makes all of us vulnerable.” – Gladys M. Hunt
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“To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart, to bear all cheerfully, to all bravely await occasions, hurry never. In a word, to let the spiritual unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.”- William Henry Channing
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Mount Nebo utah in the wasatch range in fall color

Mount Nebo utah in the wasatch range in fall color

http://miraimages.photoshelter.com/image/I0000iQGaUnk_.p4

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“Politeness [is] a sign of dignity, not subservience.” – Theodore Roosevelt
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“When two people respect each other, the ability to be vulnerable and to reveal hurt feelings can create a powerful emotional connection that is the source of real intimacy and friendship.” – David D. Burns
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Mount Nebo Loop Scenic Drive

Mount Nebo Loop Scenic Drive

http://utah.com/scenic-drive/nebo-loop

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“It’s an awful truth that suffering can deepen us, give a greater lustre to our colours, a richer resonance to our words. That is, if it doesn’t destroy us, if it doesn’t burn away the optimism and the spirit, the capacity for visions, and the respect for simple yet indispensable things.” – Anne Rice
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 Mount Nebo, near Nephi

Mount Nebo, near Nephi

http://richbyoung.com/snowgeese.html

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“Self-respect. It would make me lovable. And it’s the secret to good sex.” – Susan Sontag
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optimism.

November 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

“Control of consciousness determines the quality of life.”- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

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Aerial Southeast Utah

Aerial Southeast Utah

http://www.airphotona.com/image.asp?imageid=120

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“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”- Winston Chruchill

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rest.

November 4, 2015 § Leave a comment

“The resting place of the mind is the heart. The only thing the mind hears all day is clanging bells and noise and argument, and all it wants is quietude. The only place the mind will ever find peace is inside the silence of the heart. That’s where you need to go.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

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Fall on Nebo Loop

Fall on Nebo Loop

http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/uwcnf/recreation/scenicdrivinginfo

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“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” – Albert Einstein

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Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Wasatch-Cache National Forest

http://www.shutterstock.com/video/clip-5107361-stock-footage-waterfall-down-a-limestone-cliff-detail-zoom-out-stewart-falls-in-the-uinta-wasatch-cache.html

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“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” – John Lubbock

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Jefferson Hunt Campground

Jefferson Hunt Campground

https://www.hipcamp.com/ut/mountainland/uinta-wasatch-cache/jefferson-hunt-campground

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“Of course anyone who truly loves books buys more of them than he or she can hope to read in one fleeting lifetime. A good book, resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper.” – David Quammen

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Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Wasatch-Cache National Forest

http://www.allparkcity.com/nature/wasatch_cache_national_forest.php

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“Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world. It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but ‘steal’ some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.” – Albert Camus

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Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

http://utah.com/uinta-wasatch-cache-national-forest

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“The world rests in the night. Trees, mountains, fields, and faces are released from the prison of shape and the burden of exposure. Each thing creeps back into its own nature within the shelter of the dark. Darkness is the ancient womb. Nighttime is womb- time. Our souls come out to play. The darkness absolves everything; the struggle for identity and impression falls away. We rest in the night.” – John O’Donohue

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Mount Ogden in Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Mount Ogden in Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

http://www.thearmchairexplorer.com/utah/uinta-wasatch-cache-national-forest

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“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.” – Amelia Earhart

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Spanish Fork Ranger District

Spanish Fork Ranger District

http://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsinternet/!ut/p/c4/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gDfxMDT8MwRydLA1cj72BTJw8jAwjQL8h2VAQAzHJMsQ!!/?ss=110419&navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&navid=110130000000000&pnavid=110000000000000&recid=8980&actid=33&ttype=recarea&status=plus&templateName=fs.internet.template.activity&Key=0&name=Find%20An%20Activity&script=no&treeisLink=false&pname=Uinta-Wasatch-Cache%20National%20Forest%20-%20Find%20An%20Activity

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“Until we invent telepathy, books are our best choice for understanding the rest of humanity.”- Christopher Paolini

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Heber-Kamas Ranger District

Heber-Kamas Ranger District

http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/uwcnf/recreation/natureviewing/?recid=8980&actid=62

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“I wonder how much we don‘t see. How much of our lives we witness and accept as truth when the rest of the iceberg—the heaviest, bulkiest part—is buried and invisible.”- Sarah Ockler

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Uinta Wasatch Cache NF

Uinta Wasatch Cache NF

http://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/uwcnf/recreation/camping-cabins

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“This is what rituals are for. We do spiritual ceremonies as human beings in order to create a safe resting place for our most complicated feelings of joy or trauma, so that we don’t have to haul those feelings around with us forever, weighing us down. We all need such places of ritual safekeeping. And I do believe that if your culture or tradition doesn’t have the specific ritual you are craving, then you are absolutely permitted to make up a ceremony of your own devising, fixing your own broken-down emotional systems with all the do-it-yourself resourcefulness of a generous plumber/poet.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

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