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Chains

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Our perceived and true responsibilities feel like chains that hold us down and allow no time or pleasure for ourselves. Yet these perceived chains can be changed by only a slight veer in our point of view. We can surmount the restrictions we feel by using the chains to support us, rather than we supporting the chains. We can use the chains as a backdrop for our accomplishments and achievements rather than feeling shadowed by them. We can work with our chains to provide learning and growing opportunities for all of us. If we make no effort to consider our responsibilities as other than burdens then, yes, we will be weighed down and fail to thrive. We need to take a look from another direction, to discover how the negatives of wearing loops of chains can be used to promote positive actions and to guarantee our desired outcomes. This may involve persuading our chains to change their point of view also, in these interactions, taken on judiciously and without strident confrontation we can see entire situations change for the better. Beauty and growth can arise around the chains and drown the heaviness and the dreary burden. Isn’t it easier to work to relieve your burden than to languish under it?

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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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