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Shelter

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04-07-13 006a

No matter how rudimentary it may be, we all want and need shelter of some kind as we move along through our lives. It may be shelter from the elements, shelter from others, or shelter from our own actions and the consequences of those actions, but we do require some relief. We may run for shelter and hide, we may anticipate shelter and embrace the comfort, or we may take our shelter for granted and neglect it. But we should remember that we are not sheltering ourselves, we are taking shelter within a physical object, leaky or whole, or we are taking advantage of another being to keep us from harm or contact with others. We should be wary of relying too much upon taking shelter at all, we should try to expose ourselves to the world beyond, take the consequences of our actions, or explore new horizons. Staying encapsulated in one space, large or small, stunts our growth and warps our perceptions. One can become too comfortable in a familiar and comforting place and forget the appeal of challenges and the opportunities for expansion in pursuing new mental and physical things. The allure of staying put and not even maintaining the shelter you already have can be overwhelming, but at the very least taking care of your escape from the outside world should be a priority, and that maintenance itself will get you out into the larger arena. Even though shelter is a necessary thing, isn’t it also necessary to leave your shelter at times?

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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.

2 thoughts on “Shelter

  1. Yes, sometimes we forgot that the shelter was temporarily and we stay there for too long. We need to be aware and conscious that it is OK to take shelter, but not to stay there for too long, after a while we may feel too comfortable there and we may not want to come out from there.

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