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05-23-13 010a

When we are young we tend to charge ahead recklessly and with abandon into every new experience. Then we learn that reckless abandon is not necessarily the way to approach all things. Once we have been burned, or fallen too far, or couldn’t get out of the water most of us go rather more cautiously after new experiences. For young people it can be a challenge to find a happy medium between too much caution and little or no caution since one cannot ask a mentor or parent for instruction. Boldness and caution are very personal and only the inner self can communicate the level of caution to employ in any given situation since boldness and caution are so variable in-depth and in their mae-up. Determining the levels of timidity and bravery should be a personal and conscious decision; this requires the ability to observe current conditions, to search inside oneself, and to apply one’s decision in a consistent manner. Thoughtfulness such as this cannot be employed during and emergency or crisis, but can be applied to almost any other situation: appearing or declining to appear in front of a group, buying or not buying a particular product, going on or passing by the chance to take an intriguing trip. All these require little or no risk and different levels of caution could be thought about and applied. Should caution be thought of and/or applied in virtually every situation?

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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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