perception.

November 1, 2014 § 1 Comment

“Sometimes your light shines so bright that it blinds people from seeing who you really are.” – Shannon Alder

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Monument Valley

Monument Valley

https://www.travelblog.org/Photos/1697076

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“Persons appear to us according to the light we throw upon them from our own minds. -Laura Ingalls Wilder, author (1867-1957)”

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Monument Valley sunset

Monument Valley sunset

http://npobserver.com/2014/05/27/sunset-monument-valley-navajo-tribal-park/

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“When your heart truly adores somebody,
your mind perceives a halo on that man’s head.” – Toba Beta

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Monument Valley Aerial

Monument Valley Aerial

http://www.photographersgallery.com/photo.asp?id=229

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“Life is not what happens to us; it is what we perceive has happened to us.” Richelle E.Goodrich

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Monument Valley

Monument Valley

http://bluffutah.org/monument-valley/

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“You see what you choose to see, because all perception is a choice.
And when you cease to impose your meanings on what you see,
your spiritual eyes will open, and you will see a world free of judgment
and shining in its endless beauty.” – Paul Ferrini

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trust.

July 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

“The truest smiles are those which spread across our faces when no one’s watching us.”  – Minhal Mehdi

 

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Kanab Creek Wilderness

Kanab Creek Wilderness

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/kaibab/recarea/?recid=11705

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“Everyone suffers at least one bad betrayal in their lifetime. It’s what unites us. The trick is not to let it destroy your trust in others when that happens. Don’t let them take that from you.” – Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Tonto Plateau

Tonto Plateau

http://www.sierradescents.com/hiking/grand-canyon/rim-to-rim-4.html

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“There is little faith involved in setting out on a journey where the destination is certain and every step in between has been mapped in detail. Bravery, trust, is about leaving camp in the dark, when we do not know the route ahead and cannot be certain we will ever return.”  – Bear Grylls

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 meadow on the Kaibab Plateau

meadow on the Kaibab Plateau

http://www.cs.unca.edu/~boyd/touring/tour04/day22/day22.html

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“Truth for anyone is a very complex thing. For a writer, what you leave out says as much as those things you include. What lies beyond the margin of the text? The photographer frames the shot; writers frame their world.”  – Jeanette Winterson

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near Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

near Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

http://jenontheedge.com/2013/04/05/spring-break-2013-remote/

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“Sometimes beautiful things come into our lives out of nowhere. We can’t always understand them, but we have to trust in them.”  – Lauren Tate

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House Rock Valley

House Rock Valley

http://www.summitpost.org/house-rock-valley-arizona/819387

 

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“The most wonderful type of love, she had learned, was the kind built with care and over time, through forgiveness and understanding, compromise and compassion, trust and acceptance. It was hidden in the minutiae of every day life; it was in the traded smiles during a radio show or the peaceful lulls on an evening stroll.”  – Kristina McMorris

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strategy.

May 30, 2014 § 2 Comments

“The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do. ”  – Michael Porter

 

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Joshua Tree sunset

Joshua Tree sunset

http://www.summitpost.org/turtle-rock/565802

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“Adaptability is about the powerful difference between adapting to cope and adapting to win.”  – Max McKeown

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Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Anza Borrego Desert State Park

http://hqworld.net/gallery/details.php?image_id=192&sessionid=7ae409375ffdf1775656b4550a4b7965

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“In the rush of life, it is quite easy to forget what’s important. As cliche as this is, it’s easy to take life for granted when you don’t have time to focus properly. It is only when life diverts from the ‘plan’ that we suddenly take time to see what is really important.”  – Leigh Hershkovich

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Texas Dip

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Texas Dip

http://westcoastblather.com/2007/02/

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“The difference between real life and a story is that life has significance, while a story must have meaning.

The former is not always apparent, while the latter always has to be, before the end.”  – Vera Nazarian

 

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Anza Borrego ocotillo

Anza Borrego ocotillo

http://kipevansphotography.com/2010/04/death-valley/

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“Artistic symbols and myths speak out of the primordial, preconscious realm of the mind which is powerful and chaotic. Both symbol and myth are ways of bringing order and form into this chaos.”  – Rollo May

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pretend.

March 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

“The truth, my friend, is an awesome thing, to be handled with wisdom and with courage denied to ordinary people. Most of us must make do with illusions. Or else — or else we could not endure.”  – Ruth Tessler Goldstein

 

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Mount Moriah Nevada

Mount Moriah Nevada

http://www.summitpost.org/mount-moriah-nv/692312

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“There are things
that make no sense,
that seem unreal,
that can’t be grasped,
or understood,
or explained,
that maybe don’t even exist…
And still, somehow, those wonderful things touch and change our lives.
Isn’t it strange?”  – Richelle E. Goodrich

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attention.

March 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

“Attention is a resource as abundant as sunlight. It streams outward all day long whether we choose to tap into it or not. By developing conscious focus of our attention, we learn to harness one of the greatest creative powers available to humankind, one that happens to be freely available within ourselves at all times.”  – Scott Edmund Miller

 

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Mazatzal Mountains

Mazatzal Mountains

http://www.surgent.net/highpoints/az/range/mazatzal.html

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“The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.”  – Jon Kabat-Zinn

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Mazatzal Mountains from McDowell Mountain Regional Park

Mazatzal Mountains from McDowell Mountain Regional Park

http://www.panoramio.com/user/4033467?photo_page=3&comment_page=2

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“To a man, sex is the ultimate expression of love. It is pure pleasure. But to a woman there exists something greater than pleasure―gestures of adoration. A gentle caress on the cheek, an attentive smile, a soft kiss while swept away in a slow dance, the whispered words, ‘You’re beautiful’―these are the tokens of love that women cherish.”  – Richelle E. Goodrich

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Four Peaks Wilderness

Four Peaks Wilderness

http://runtrails.net/2009/jan10.htm

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“When I fully enter time’s swift current, enter into the current moment with the weight of all my attention, I slow the torrent with the weight of me all here.”  – Ann Voskamp

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Hilltop Trail

Hilltop Trail

http://runtrails.net/2009/jan10.htm

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“The most basic way to get someone’s attention is this: Break a pattern.”  – Chip Heath

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Hilltop Trail

Hilltop Trail

http://runtrails.net/2009/jan10.htm

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“People of our time are losing the power of celebration. Instead of celebrating we seek to be amused or entertained. Celebration is an active state, an act of expressing reverence or appreciation. To be entertained is a passive state–it is to receive pleasure afforded by an amusing act or a spectacle…. Celebration is a confrontation, giving attention to the transcendent meaning of one’s actions.” – Abraham Joshua Heschel

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Lousley Hill Trail

Lousley Hill Trail

http://runtrails.net/2009/jan10.htm

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“Time is our most precious currency. So it’s significant that we are being encouraged, wherever possible, to think of our attention not as expenditure but as consumption. This blurring of labor and entertainment forms the basis, for example, of the financial alchemy that conjures deca-billion-dollar valuations for social-networking companies.”  – Mohsin Hamid

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Lousley Hill Trail

Lousley Hill Trail

http://runtrails.net/2009/jan10.htm

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“Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.”  – Susan Sontag

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waiting.

March 5, 2014 § 1 Comment

“Waiting is a form of passive persistence.” – Ogwo David Emenike

 

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Roof Butte AZ

Roof Butte AZ

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/81413701

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“The big moments are the daily, tiny moments of courage and forgiveness and hope that we grab on to and extend to one another. That’s the drama of life, swirling all around us, and generally I don’t even see it, because I’m too busy waiting to become whatever it is I think I am about to become. The big moments are in every hour, every conversation, every meal, every meeting.” – Shauna Niequist

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Shiprock from Roof Butte

Shiprock from Roof Butte

http://www.surgent.net/other/shiprock.html

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“I lit the candles and said out loud, “what am I waiting on? Someone to sell them in a garage sale for a quarter after I die?” And it was beautiful. And the smell was even more incredible than I remembered.” – Paula Heller Garland

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Chinle Valley region

Chinle Valley region

http://4cornershikesnavajo.blogspot.com/2011/02/round-rock-rock-point-and-lukachukai.html

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“Patience is power.
Patience is not an absence of action;
rather it is “timing”
it waits on the right time to act,
for the right principles
and in the right way.”  – Fulton J. Sheen

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bloom.

March 3, 2014 § Leave a comment

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Cicero

 

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Crocus in snow

Crocus in snow

http://www.summitpost.org/flowers-in-snow/253956

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“But the sensation of illusion is strong. Because the sun can break through the clouds at any moment . . .

What a soft thoughtful time.

In this illusory gloom, like a night-blooming flower, let your imagination bloom in a riot of color.”  – Vera Nazarian

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Ocotillo Blooming

Ocotillo Blooming

http://brightstarswildomar.blogspot.com/2010_05_01_archive.html

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“The rose has told
In one simplicity
That never life
Relinquishes a bloom
But to bestow
An ancient confidence.”  – Nathalia Crane

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