Strong


strong

“She made broken look beautiful
and strong look invincible.
She walked with the Universe
on her shoulders and made it
look like a pair of wings.”
― Ariana Dancu

“She’s an old soul with young eyes, a vintage heart, and a beautiful mind.”
― Nicole Lyons

“You can love her with everything you have and she still wont belong to you. She will run wild with you, beside you with everystep but let me tell you something about women who run with wolves, their fierce hearts dont settle between walls and their instinct is stronger than upbringing. Love her wild or leave her there.”
― Nikki Rowe

“I walked up to Griz and poked him in the chest. “Let me make this perfectly clear to you. Though some might seek to make it appear otherwise, I am not a bride to be bartered away to another kingdom, not a prize of war, not a mouthpiece for your Komizar. I am not a chip in a card game to be mindlessly tossed into the center of the pot, nor one to be kept in the tight fist of a greedy opponent. I am a player seated at the table alongside everyone else, and from this day forward, I will play my own hand as I see fit. Do you understand me? Because the consequences could be ugly if someone thought otherwise.”
― Mary E. Pearson, The Heart of Betrayal

“Balsa seemed invincible, endowed with powers no other warrior could match, but in her profile he could glimpse the shadow of a young girl, hurt and buffeted by a cruel and hopeless fate. If he had never experienced what it was like to be at the mercy of fate himself, he would not have noticed, but now he could see it with unbearable, heartrending clarity.”
― Nahoko Uehashi, Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit

“She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. ‘Time’ for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.”
― Roman Payne

Perspective


It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. – Henry David Thoreau

FE4E5B2D-F65E-4A68-96F6-CE3CC4179944

I like to turn things upside down, to watch pictures and situations from another perspective. – Ursus Wehrli

Thrown up on the fridge, in a very random order, you can barely tell what is what or where is where…

It’s not even that big …

colors … shapes … random letters …

no politics … no rhetoric … no anger or hate …

Despite the randomness … you know what it is .. what it will become … and you almost do not want to finish it …

Even though you know that in it’s finished form it can be, and is, very beautiful … you sort of want it to remain unfinished.  Or even better.. you want to start over .. with the knowledge you have right now..

Fix what is broken .. toss in a dash more color and light and innocence.  See, we have perspective now. It would be different.. right?  Knowing what we know now.. it would be different..  right?

The only thing you sometimes have control over is perspective. You don’t have control over your situation, but you have control over how you view it.  – Chris Pine

We are like a great tree


Consider a tree for a moment. As beautiful as trees are to look at, we don’t see what goes on underground – as they grow roots. Trees must develop deep roots in order to grow strong and produce their beauty. But we don’t see the roots. We just see and enjoy the beauty. In much the same way, what goes on inside of us is like the roots of a tree. ~~~Joyce Meyer

e0e0c874-6153-41fa-88b6-090c73a4e23f

At present, I am mainly observing the physical motion of mountains, water, trees and flowers. One is everywhere reminded of similar movements in the human body, of similar impulses of joy and suffering in plants. ~~~Egon Schiele

IMG_0160.jpeg

Trees spark my imagination!!  And that is about all I have to say.

IMG_1305.jpeg

Paths and Adventures – – and – – Slowing it Down.


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  -Mark Twain

 

The shape of a path in no way determines the adventure.

There is very little I fear more than thinking about staying in one place 444444 evahhhhhhhh!!!  I have been moving around nearly all of my life.  First through my imagination. On through books, movies, art, and music.  Followed by the actual physical act of moving around through the military, teaching, and now my current job.

 “Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.”    -Ernest Hemingway

Moving, moving, moving.

 “Oh, the places you’ll go.”    -Dr. Seuss

The paths I have followed and the decisions I have made have provided me more adventures than I can ever recount.  So many paths and so many emotions with each of those paths.

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.”  -Aldous Huxley

I have learned so much from the places I have been.  Maybe the biggest thing is that we are all the same.  Even in our greatest differences, we are the same.  We have kids, we have homes, we have happiness and sadness, we have a life and we long for more.  Each of us longs for more.  More safety, more money, more happiness, more education, more life.  More of everything.. … …

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”   -Helen Keller

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”  -Robert Louis Stevenson

As I think back on it all, it’s hard to believe how many places I have traveled to.  what I have seen and heard and tasted and drank and experienced.

Great experiences all of them.  But as I look back in wonder and happiness, I also feel a bit of a black hole.  Through all of my travels, even when surrounded by many, I was often alone .. felt alone .. sometimes disconnected .. sometimes and only sometimes .. a little sad.  More happy than sad… but sometimes still sad.

I love coming back home and seeing old friends and family. I would say it keeps me grounded.   ~~Coy Bowles

Because of that, I am now oddly considering slowing down.  Considering remaining in one place with only normal, average (never really average with me) vacations that might take me mere miles from my home.  Maybe further, but finding a home base that I will exist in and travel to and from.  The same place always returning to.. the same place..

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.  ~~ Maya Angelou 

Part of me feels a stirring of panic at that thought.  The mere notion of not packing up my life every 2-4 years and starting over seems unnatural.  Makes me feel tense and uncomfortable. However, there are reasons to really start thinking about the possibilities of finding a home base.

These two pictures reflects only five years of separation.  Only five years but a life time of growth.  What am I missing by being so far away all of the time.  I do not regret my travels or my time away.  I just know that for every path and adventure, there are other paths that provide other adventures.  I have traveled the world as well as my home country and I am ready to rebuild and bond with the paths I have left behind.  Include people into my paths that I miss profoundly.  However, that path will have its own challenges, fears, and limitations.  The limitations are where my fears are the strongest.

The key to growth is acknowledging your fear of the unknown and jumping in anyway. ~~Jen Sincero

I have to remind myself though that the limitations that I am afraid of are really only limits in my own mind.  The past paths have led me to amazing places and introduced me to amazing people.  They will not disappear if I stay in one place.  As a matter of fact, I may find that by staying in one place I will be able to connect deeper to the people and places I am constantly leaving behind.

“You’ll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart.” —George Michael

Sometimes my heart tells me to stay put and other times my heart says to keep moving.  But my heart of hearts tells me that being around the people that I love and that make me smile and smile with me and laugh at my silly jokes.. is where I need to be…

My personal goals are to be happy, healthy and to be surrounded by loved ones. ~~Kiana Tom

To laugh.. to laugh at.. to be laughed at.. to laugh with..

It was the way you laughed… I knew I wanted that in my life. ~~ R.M. Drake

Yeah.  I do want to slow down, reconnect, connect deeper.  I still have a few years.. but I think that my heart of hearts is giving me some good signs..  love these people and places and so many more…and I think I can combine some new paths, news adventures, new people, new laughs….. AND slowing it down.

 

We are all here for a spell. Get all the good laughs you can. — Will Rogers

The point is seeing that THIS — the immediate, everyday and present experience — is IT, the entire and ultimate point for the existence of a universe. I believe that if this state of consciousness could become more universal, the pretentious nonsense which passes for the serious business of the world would dissolve in laughter… — Alan Watts

Laughter connects you with people. It’s almost impossible to maintain any kind of distance or any sense of social hierarchy when you’re just howling with laughter. Laughter is a force for democracy. — John Cleese

Other Paths

 nowathome, Le Drake Noir, Shirley’s Heaven, Adventure Calls! , Une photo, un poème, WordsVisual, Leya,  Beyond the Brush, Living in Paradise…, base, africa, Night Owl , Waiting, Samliving, flashfiction, streetart, delicious, world is a book

 

Time is what prevents everything from happening at once. – John Archibald Wheeler.


Unfortunately, the clock is ticking, the hours are going by. The past increases, the future recedes. Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting.  ~~Haruki Murakami

To be clear, this is not a quote that describes my life.  For the most part, I grab the possibilities as they fly by and I have very few regrets.  I accept what I cannot do, because I understand I cannot do everything and really try hard to do everything that I can do to the best of my ability.
It is hard to believe that I have been in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea for a month.  Time is moving very quickly.  I do love it when time goes fast, even when I am trying to slow down.  I have a feeling though that as fast as my time goes here, at times it will feel like time is passing very, very slowly. It’s a small island with not a lot of modern amenities.
However, that does not bother me and as a matter of fact, I believe that this will give me some great opportunities to do some of the things that I keep putting off.  Art, blogging, writing, cooking, and working on personal health goals always seem to take a back seat to other more important (less important) work taskings and life in general.  I am super, excited about the new possibilities that will no longer fly by but start drifting by slow enough for me to catch them.  To catch them, ponder them, work on them, and re-imagine them.
Round the world I go as my world goes round.. round.. round… still a little girl in a big, big world.. that seems to get just a little smaller each year.
Little tour round my neighborhood.  Hope you enjoy!
More fun posts to read… if you only had the time.  Thanks for stopping by.
Memories, flashchallenges, colorful, paradise, 6words, vibrant,  round, pommepal,  Seating, retired, Round | cornishkylie,  It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see – Thoreau, Round (the Sushi Bar) | AngelineM’s Blog, Here & Abroad, Ese’ s Voice, being mrscarmichael, Patchwork Ponderings, Jaspa’s Journal, Albatz Travel Adventures, Travel Monkey, nowathome,  maxidiehexi, That Montreal Girl, Chronicles of Illusions, Chronicles of Illusions, Wind Against Current, ALMOST ITALIAN, Healthcare Updates, Kat Pegi Mana, Witrian’s Photofolio, Beyond the Brush, Memories are made of this, fathersunny, Thirdperson, Four Deer Oak, världen vackrare, 2far2shout, beyondpaisley, Geophilia Photography,  @vannilla, Tish Farrell,  Foto Challenge,  decocraftsdigicrafts, Albatz Travel Adventures, The Quotidian Hudson,  Meg Travels,  Northwest Frame of Mind, | The Rider, Babsje Heron, WoollyMuses, Shoot ‘N Go, Isadora Art and PhotographyLooknWalk,  WordsVisual, conversation is an engine, Stephen Kelly Creative, thechangingpalette, Taking a Deep Breath,  The Quotidian Hudson,  Pretty Packed,  Travel with Intent,  Jaspa’s Journal,  Photography Journal Blog, The Day After , | Cee’s Photography, (elleturner4), Compass Photography, Canoe Communications, The World Is a Book…, Sunrise Adventures,  Le Drake Noir,  Rainbow Bakery, Living Life Almost Gracefully,  Completely Disappear, | never nothing going on, Taking One Day At A Time, The Wanderlust Gene, anotherdayinparadise, The Beauty Along the Road, Jaspa’s Journal,  Del’s other stuff…, Getting the Picture, Across the Bored