Posts Tagged ‘George Gordon Byron’

Welcome back from vacation, Sally.  I hope it was a relaxing, wonderful time.  As impossible as it seems to me, it’s already August and as it’s the first Monday, the theme once again is “Nature.”  The vast majority of my photos come from times when I’m in nature, allowing it to refresh and rejuvenate me, so I have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to choosing a photo for the theme.

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.
~Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

If Anne Frank, with all that she endured, could think and feel this, it’s well worth our time to spend time outside, away from the hustle and bustle of our everyday life, made even more so by the ease with which technology allows us to add to that load of “stuff.”

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There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more
~George Gordon Byron

This next reflection was taken along the I&M Canal in Illinois, a wonderful place to bike or hike.  Take a moment to read about it and the importance it had to Chicago and to travel and trade in the US in general.  It’s a magical place to spend time.

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Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.
~Henry David Thoreau, Walden