mystery.

November 15, 2017 § Leave a comment

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.

—”Old Man’s Advice to Youth: ‘Never Lose a Holy Curiosity.'” LIFE Magazine (2 May 1955) p. 64” ― Albert Einstein

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Pueblo Bonito

https://www.archaeologicalconservancy.org/update-sw-touring-chaco-canyon-in-depth/

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“Grief can destroy you –or focus you. You can decide a relationship was all for nothing if it had to end in death, and you alone. OR you can realize that every moment of it had more meaning than you dared to recognize at the time, so much meaning it scared you, so you just lived, just took for granted the love and laughter of each day, and didn’t allow yourself to consider the sacredness of it. But when it’s over and you’re alone, you begin to see that it wasn’t just a movie and a dinner together, not just watching sunsets together, not just scrubbing a floor or washing dishes together or worrying over a high electric bill. It was everything, it was the why of life, every event and precious moment of it. The answer to the mystery of existence is the love you shared sometimes so imperfectly, and when the loss wakes you to the deeper beauty of it, to the sanctity of it, you can’t get off your knees for a long time, you’re driven to your knees not by the weight of the loss but by gratitude for what preceded the loss. And the ache is always there, but one day not the emptiness, because to nurture the emptiness, to take solace in it, is to disrespect the gift of life.” ― Dean Koontz

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milky way at chaco canyon

milky way at chaco canyon

http://cs.astronomy.com/asy/m/other/420880.aspx

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“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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http://earthsky.org/todays-image/chaco-canyon-new-mexico-night-sky-photo

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“The mystery of life isn’t a problem to solve, but a reality to experience.”
Frank Herbert

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Chaco

http://www.summitpost.org/windows-at-chaco-canyon/622729

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“Life has three rules: Paradox, Humor, and Change.

– Paradox: Life is a mystery; don’t waste your time trying to figure it out.

– Humor: Keep a sense of humor, especially about yourself. It is a strength beyond all measure

– Change: Know that nothing ever stays the same.” ― Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives

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Chaco

http://m.wxxi.org/node/90838

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“It is only through mystery and madness that the soul is revealed” ― Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul: A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life

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Chaco Canyon pictographs

https://phys.org/news/2016-10-salt-secret-success-ancient-chaco.html

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“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.” ― Frederick Buechner

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Chaco Canyon

Chaco Canyon, and the seduction of the plan

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“No one’s life should be rooted in fear. We are born for wonder, for joy, for hope, for love, to marvel at the mystery of existence, to be ravished by the beauty of the world, to seek truth and meaning, to acquire wisdom, and by our treatment of others to brighten the corner where we are.” ― Dean Koontz

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present.

November 9, 2017 § Leave a comment

“We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.”
Anaïs Nin

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Colorado fall drive

https://colorado.ourcommunitynow.com/2017/09/08/fall-colors-colorado/

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“It’s easy to look at people and make quick judgments about them, their present and their past, but you’d be amazed at the pain and tears a single smile hides. What a person shows to the world is only one tiny facet of the iceberg hidden from sight. And more often then not, it’s lined with cracks and scars that go all the way to the foundation of their soul.” ― Sherrilyn Kenyon

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blueprint.

November 5, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Through books I discovered everything to be loved, explored, visited, communed with. I was enriched and given all the blueprints to a marvelous life, I was consoled in adversity, I was prepared for both joys and sorrows, I acquired one of the most precious sources of strength of all: an understanding of human beings, insight into their motivations.”
Anaïs Nin

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AZ autumn

San Francisco Peaks

http://www.summitpost.org/annual-arizona-autumn-aspen-apocalypse/916764

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“Soul ties. The thing that can make you hear an old-school slow jam and think of somebody you haven’t seen in years. Soul ties. The thing that makes old people who’ve been together for years finish each other’s sentences. Don’t you wish mama had told you when you were young that, when you lie with someone, you lie not just with her body but also with her soul? And whatever condition the other person’s soul is in, you are guaranteed to take a piece with you—whether you want to or not. Instead of being amazed at her booty, you should have focused on her mind.” ― Kirk Franklin

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me.

November 3, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow
Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead
Walk beside me… just be my friend”
Albert Camus

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version.

November 1, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Be with someone who inspires you and makes you be the best version of yourself.” – Roy T. Bennett

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Clearwater NF

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

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“Most lives are not distinguished by great achievements. They are measured by an infinite number of small ones. Each time you do a kindness for someone or bring a smile to his face, it gives your life meaning. Never doubt your value, little friend. The world would be a dismal place without you in it.” – Lisa Kleypas

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Teepee in Stanley, ID

Teepee in Stanley, ID

http://lessbeatenpaths.com/sawtooth-mountains/

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“What we hunger for perhaps more than anything else is to be known in our full humanness, and yet that is often just what we also fear more than anything else. It is important to tell at least from time to time the secret of who we truly and fully are . . . because otherwise we run the risk of losing track of who we truly and fully are and little by little come to accept instead the highly edited version which we put forth in hope that the world will find it more acceptable than the real thing. It is important to tell our secrets too because it makes it easier . . . for other people to tell us a secret or two of their own . . . ” – Frederick Buechner

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sawtooth mountains

https://www.theoutbound.com/idaho/photography/photograph-the-sawtooth-mountains

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“To be loved for what one is, that is the greatest exception. The great majority love in others only what they lend him; their own selves, their version of him.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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sawtooth mountains

sawtooth mountains

http://sawtoothguides.com/hiking-backpacking/

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“If the point of life is the same as the point of a story, the point of life is character transformation. If I got any comfort as I set out on my first story, it was that in nearly every story, the protagonist is transformed. He’s a jerk at the beginning and nice at the end, or a coward at the beginning and brave at the end. If the character doesn’t change, the story hasn’t happened yet. And if story is derived from real life, if story is just condensed version of life then life itself may be designed to change us so that we evolve from one kind of person to another. ” – Donald Miller

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journey.

October 30, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Open your heart. Someone will come. Someone will come for you. But first you must open your heart.” – Kate DiCamillo

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Mt Moran

Moran WY

http://elevation.maplogs.com/poi/moran_wy_usa.11025.html

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“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”
Anaïs Nin

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Snake River Grand Teton National Park

Snake River Grand Teton National Park

https://www.jacksonholenet.com/mountains/

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“Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself. If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but more important it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey.” ― John O’Donohue

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Matter.

October 28, 2017 § Leave a comment

“You’re going to come across people in your life who will say all the right words at all the right times. But in the end, it’s always their actions you should judge them by. It’s actions, not words, that matter.” – Nicholas Sparks

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Provo Canyon Utah

Provo Canyon

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/utah/heber-valley-railroad-fall-foliage-ut/

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“In the end
these things matter most:
How well did you love?
How fully did you live?
How deeply did you let go?”
Jack Kornfield

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Springville

Springville

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/utah/visit-springville-ut-this-fall/

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“Dignity
/ˈdignitē/ noun

1. The moment you realize that the person you cared for has nothing intellectually or spiritually to offer you, but a headache.

2. The moment you realize God had greater plans for you that don’t involve crying at night or sad Pinterest quotes.

3. The moment you stop comparing yourself to others because it undermines your worth, education and your parent’s wisdom.

4. The moment you live your dreams, not because of what it will prove or get you, but because that is all you want to do. People’s opinions don’t matter.

5. The moment you realize that no one is your enemy, except yourself.

6. The moment you realize that you can have everything you want in life. However, it takes timing, the right heart, the right actions, the right passion and a willingness to risk it all. If it is not yours, it is because you really didn’t want it, need it or God prevented it.

7. The moment you realize the ghost of your ancestors stood between you and the person you loved. They really don’t want you mucking up the family line with someone that acts anything less than honorable.

8. The moment you realize that happiness was never about getting a person. They are only a helpmate towards achieving your life mission.

9. The moment you believe that love is not about losing or winning. It is just a few moments in time, followed by an eternity of situations to grow from.

10. The moment you realize that you were always the right person. Only ignorant people walk away from greatness.” ― Shannon L. Alder

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Logan Canyon

Logan Canyon

https://utah.com/scenic-drive/fall-colors

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“You won’t understand what I mean now, but someday you will: the only trick of friendship, I think, is to find people who are better than you are—not smarter, not cooler, but kinder, and more generous, and more forgiving—and then to appreciate them for what they can teach you, and to try to listen to them when they tell you something about yourself, no matter how bad—or good—it might be, and to trust them, which is the hardest thing of all. But the best, as well.” ― Hanya Yanagihara

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Ogden Valley

Ogden Valley

http://visitogdenvalley.com/northern-utah-autumn-foliage-is-winding-down/

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“Things that matter are not easy. Feelings of happiness are easy. Happiness is not. Flirting is easy. Love is not. Saying you’re friends is easy. Being friends is not.”
David Levithan

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Provo Mountains & Mt. Timpanogo

Provo Mountains & Mt. Timpanogo

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

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“When you are in the final days of your life, what will you want?

Will you hug that college degree in the walnut frame? Will you ask to be carried to the garage so you can sit in your car? Will you find comfort in rereading your financial statement? Of course not. What will matter then will be people. If relationships will matter most then, shouldn’t they matter most now?” – Max Lucado

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