Sunday, January 10, 2016

Life Lessons From the Desert

Lesson #2

Be careful where you look 
for support along the path. 
We do not leave home without these hiking sticks that have saved our bacon more than once.

You may find yourself on a side hill leaning into the hill because of the drop off on the other side. Support from your hiking stick is very important. Coming down from the top of the mountain/hill is so much easier if you have the support of a good hiking stick.

I have found myself in situations where there was a major saguaro on one side...

and a lovely barrel cactus on the other...

I am feeling dizzy so am about to reach out and grab whatever but peripheral vision lets me know quickly to use only the stick. 

I often think of my friends and family as I am out hiking. Some have been 'hiking sticks' in my life and for those I am truly thankful. Some have been there to help me see the thorns and prickers, giving me their hand for support.

"Close friends are truly life's treasures. Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves. With gentle honesty, they are there to guide and support us, to share our laughter and our tears.Their presence reminds us that are never really alone."
- Vincent van Gogh

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Life Lessons From the Desert

Lesson 1

"Each thing in its way, 
when true to its own character, 
is equally beautiful."
- Edward Abbey

Many folk find the desert unattractive, dry and desolate. Now I would tend to agree with you if I were to stay on the freeway or tucked away in my house refusing to look out. But the desert is like all other places. 

Look closely. That is the key. Use your best observational skill and look at what is around you.

Wherever you find yourself at this moment, look around. You can see beauty if you choose to do so.

"If you sing of beauty
though alone in the heart of the desert 
you will have an audience."
-Kahlil Gibran

Lesson No. 1: You will see beauty if you want to. You may have to search your own soul first to make it ready for the beauty that is there.