Some Photos & Fancies

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Exploring

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STJ2013 Rebel 011b

To explore is to keep stagnation and stigmatizing at bay. When one remains static and does not or refuses to inquire about new and explore new different places, things and ideas one can wind up believing that all their current opinions and ideas and  inevitably correct. We can get so caught up in routine and day-to-day living that we may forget just how fun and refreshing it is to go exploring and discover other ways of looking at life or finding other lives and places to scout out. This leaves us with a bare, joyless life and one very stultifying; with this inertia in place we become less and less likely to take the initiative to question the status quo or search out new areas of interest. One of the worst things we can do if we’ve reached this point is to inflict the same attitude upon our children or other young people. We are born to break the boundaries of sloth and passivity, we ask innumerable questions and strive to seek ever new places and things; our brains are always churning around questions of why? and how come? To squash these instincts is to squash some of the most positive and productive traits we can have.  Children who grow up to be scientists, or artists or adventurers were surely not kept indoors or told to be quiet when asking just one more question; and these children become adults who never stop exploring. Is exploration an integral part of your life?

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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.

5 thoughts on “Exploring

  1. Socrates said “The unexamined life is not worth living” I would add it is also not navigable. Exploration is not optional unless we want to ride the currents of existence rather than choose and live.

  2. Reblogged this on Wildersoul Rainbows and commented:
    Lovely photo slideshow on the front page of Some Photos & Fancies, and this post particularly took my fancy, with a reminder to keep on exploring and discovering in life…

  3. Thank you for liking my cloud photos. I had a great time collecting them from my archives. I love traveling in the West.

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