Posts Tagged ‘redwoods’

Patience is something that has taken me many years to develop and it’s still sometimes a work in progress.  I think that patience will be harder and harder to learn in an era where results and information are expected instantly.  You don’t even have to wait for letters anymore;  you can email or Skype.  Recently, I came across this quote which contains some valuable thoughts and advice for the practice of patience.

Traditionally, a journey was a rhythm of three forces: time, self and space.  Now the digital virus has truncated time and space.  Marooned on each instant, we have forfeited the practice of patience. . .The self has become anxious for what the next instant might bring.  The greed for destination obliterates the journey.

But a great journey needs plenty of time.  It should not be rushed; if it is, your life becomes a kind of abstract package tour devoid of beauty and meaning.  There is such a constant whirr of movement that you never know where you are.  You have no time to give yourself to the present experience.  When you accumulate experiences at such a tempo, everything becomes thin.  Consequently, you become ever more absent from your life and this fosters emptiness that haunts the heart.

When you take the time to travel with reverence, a richer life unfolds before you.  Moments of beauty begin to brand your days.  When your mind becomes more acquainted with reverence, the light, grace and elegance of beauty find you more frequently.

John O’Donohue, Beauty: The Invisible Embrace

(Thanks to The Writing Sisters for this quote from their blog post:  http://writingsistersblog.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/draw-near-to-god-day-three/.  Check out their blog for inspiring thoughts about writing.)

Some good things just take time to develop, such as this redwood that fell in 1930 in Muir Woods.

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Waiting for the weekly photo challenge is getting longer and longer so, in the meantime, this travel challenge showed up. “Height” is the theme and here are my three choices, all from nature.  The first is from our recent visit to Muir Woods just outside San Francisco, the iconic redwoods.  The second is Devil’s Tower, Wyoming, an “an igneous intrusion or laccolith in the Black Hills near Hulett and Sundance in Crook County, northeastern Wyoming, above the Belle Fourche River.”  I would include a link but since the government is shut down, it appears the websites are shut down too. About that I’ll say nothing.  The third is outside Yellowstone National Park, also in Wyoming, on our way to Cody, Wyoming.  Enjoy a bit of the grandeur and height of nature!

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It’s not just a dream today.  Besides the beauty of the city and the redwoods, it was my chance to reconnect with a cousin whom I hadn’t seen for about twenty-five years as well as get some time away with my husband.  We walked about 8 miles through Muir Woods, most of it not on the level, and then more in the city.  No exercise room needed today and we’ll sleep well tonight.