“Colby College Mountain Day,” photo by Yale Joel, 1950
I stumbled upon this wonderful picture. It was meant to be. :)
If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind then, what are we to think of an empty desk?
Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.
I’d like to repeat the advice I gave you before, in that I think you really should make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing or been to hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one piece of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to sch a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty. I fear you will follow this same inclination in the future and thus fail to discover all the wonderful things that God has placed around us to discover. Don’t settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon. You are still going to live a long time, and it would be a shame if you did not take the opportunity to revolutionize your life and move into an entirely new realm of experience.
You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.
My point is that you do not need me or anyone else around to bring this kind of light in your life. It is simply waiting out there for you to grasp it, and all you have to do is reach for it. The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances.
. Just get out and do it. Just get out and do it. You will be very, very glad that you did.
The crimson tissue paper lifelessly sits upon the lip of the almost transparent, white, pullstring, fragrant, lilac scented trashbag. It’s crinkled in ways that show that it could have possibly been the holder and protector of a now beloved gift. I numbly stare at it wondering if I should become its savior and give it new life. All I would have to do is take approximately fifteen seconds to put my computer down, draw my ever so droopy eyes away from the screen and reach down with my winter worn hands and pick it up. That is now one less piece of paper, one less tree being cut down and raped of it’s beautiful life and wasted on what now is a completely materialistic holiday, I rescued this lifeless and loveless piece of paper and made a difference. Recycle, Upcycle, Reuse.
It’s incredible where baby steps can lead you.