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Obstacle course

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At some point in time we all run across, or through, some kind of obstacle course. Though physical ones are the best known, intellectual and emotional courses can be just as taxing and trying. A sometimes difficult thing to remember is that virtually all the obstacle courses we encounter we’ve chosen to attempt; it may feel as if we’ve been thrown into many of these challenging places, but we wouldn’t have landed anywhere near the start of one unless weren’t on a path that leads directly to the particular obstacles found there. Often we blame and accuse others of putting us in the midst of the obstacles we are facing, however tossing blame and accusations about serves only to make our way over, through, and around harder than it needs to be. We also tend to feel alone in at least some of these situations, or to feel tested; though we may think and feel that we are, indeed, alone that is not necessarily the case. It is never wrong to ask for help and it doesn’t make you appear weak or incompetent, but strong enough to know when to seek assistance and wise enough to do the same. Shouldn’t an obstace course be approached calmly instead of in a panic?

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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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