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Pathways

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We all want our paths to be easier rather than harder even though we welcome some steepness, curves, and stones along the way. Most of us, though, don’t experience those kinds of pathways consistently. Most of us also experience dark and rainy and confusing paths as well. Our mindsets are completely different depending upon which path we’re embarked. But there’s really no reason for the dark and rainy paths not to include some positive aspects. Perhaps when we trip on an exposed root we can learn more about balance, not only of our bodies but of our minds as well. Perhaps when we get wet to the core we find that we will not really melt. And when we’re cold to the bone, we learn to appreciate the warmth and comfort of the indoors. It’s important that balance becomes an integral part of our lives so that we can roll with the punches and bounce back when adversity strikes again. Because there is also no way to avoid adversity either, so why not persevere and come out the other side of the problem feeling better and thinking of yourself as a better person into the bargain. There’s no reason to let a perfect path go to your head in a positive or a very difficult path destroy your sense of adventure and your curiosity. The wish to walk any path at all shows at least some curiosity and at least some sense of imagination. So let that curiosity and imagination take you as many places as you can; a feeling of voyaging is worth some trepidation and doubt. And as the voyaging increases, on foot or whatever you preference may, so will you feeling that all paths are worthwhile. Would you rather stay at home, in a safe, but static place, or travel any path you’d care to?

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

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