Why you are so important? Because you are a unique and interesting human with a vastly-reaching spirit inside. You can make connections of all kinds: with other humans, animals, objects, arts, feelings, and more. You can also create. You create with your mind, your hands, each other. You create within your world. Why is you traveling so important? Because it causes expansion. Travel expands your perspective, your understanding, your compassion. Travel expands what you see a
On any give day, it's perfectly fine to feel like you have super powers. No permission needed. And everyone's super powers are different. Due to the variety of humans, lives, needs, pressure tolerance levels, and any other plethora of nouns I can stick in this sentence to emphasize our mindblowing diversity, we all have permission to feel like we're pretty darned amazing from time to time. You know, sprinkled with a nice coating of humility, of course. After speaking with a
Well, time to really practice what I preach. I take breaks from my phone throughout the day, leaving it in my purse or in a different room, just to remind myself that it's not actually a shiny appendage or extension of my brain. The knowing that I can "google" anything instantly to satisfy my childlike-curiosity's hunger becomes almost irresistible (Is that a house wren or a purple wren? Can an alligator REALLY eat an entire deer? What was the origin of my mother's mother'
Look closely at the photo to the left... This is a tree that has - and is! - growing around a boulder. What a treat to see and also gain a new definition of "tree hugger." (yuk yuk...) I could sit here all day and pour over brain-tugging questions (which came first, the tree or the boulder? If a boulder falls from a ledge and a tree catches it, does the forest cheer? Does bark still grow underneath the tree where the boulder touches?), but I really only am reflecting on a
The following writing is shared from the Road Trip Adventure 2007, reflections, writing, and added memories from the journal kept while on a 6-month-long road tripping, backpacking exploratory vision quest. ---------- Late September, 2007 - Glacier National Park, Montana I pulled the sleeping bag around me and the wind picked up. Each breath from the sky billowed down the mountain valley in colder sheets and the walls of my tent flapped and pushed with the growing pressure.
Like a cluster of bright stars, you see rainbow-glittered bubbles. These bubbles occur naturally from the ocean that provides life and cycles to our planet. This photo was taken the day after a squal in northern Oregon: ocean waves still aggressively churned and strong winds blew sandy, gray stacks of foam on shore. The farther the piles of foam slid up the sand, the smaller and more colorful they became, gleaming brighter every time the sun shined upon them. Looking close
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