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Thursday, January 6, 2011

A Gift for Kind Travelers


today's small stone: 
We are all passengers in life. We never know what is over the next rise. 

linking to:

Skywatch Friday

We like to predict, but in truth, we can't know exactly what will greet us on the other side of the mountain. And there is ALWAYS another mountain. We have no control over what the view will be, but we can choose how wide to open our eyes, or we can choose to close them. And if our vision is impaired by birth, illness or accident or darkened by our own lids in anxiety, we can listen to the sounds that surround us, the sound of our own blood pumping through our hearts, our breath out and in. And if we cannot hear because our ears no longer function well, or cannot listen because we are afraid, perhaps we can feel the temperature of the air upon a patch of exposed skin somewhere on our sacred bodies and trust that even a draft of wind, warm or cool is a kiss goodbye from the mountain we've recently crossed or a gentle "hello" reminder that right now, we are alive and awake. And if our limbs are numbed or our skin, because we have been injured or are ill or are hiding from ourselves, from our own senses, there is a deeper knowing, energy flowing beneath the surface of our physicality that we can fall into and float and rest...yes rest in the grace of "this moment." We are all passengers in life. We never know what is over the next rise...but we can always choose to find a way to pay attention to what is happening now. 

Sometimes, we need to pull over for a moment and wait for a kind stranger to show us directions when we get lost. I pour out my thoughts and feelings, imagery and awareness into this blog and I become the kind stranger for myself.  But I am never alone here, there are always old friends and new traveling companions beside me on this road as well, making life less lonely and frightening, teaching me, guiding me, listening and looking with open compassionate hearts. I thank you from the depths of my own heart.

I feel so deeply honored (astonished, actually!) that at this time there are over 200 people from around the world who follow this blog. Nearly every day, at least 100 of you stop by to visit (again, astonishing to me!) and so tomorrow I will randomly select a commenter from today's post, to send today's image to as a 5x7 matted print. (or, if you have a favorite from a past post let me know I would be happy to have a different one printed for you.) I am ever grateful to be on this road with all of you sojourners, who have generously sat here with me on this blog. You are bright spots in my sky, opening my heart more fully every day to the goodness inherent in the world, Divine sparks embedded everywhere. 

I wish I had more energy (and time in a day) so that I could visit more of you more often...but I know that I cannot do that, it is not realistic...and when I do drop by, I want to be really present for you, reading your words, hearing them, viewing your amazing art and photos, seeing them...hearing and seeing YOU. I'm doing the best I can and hope you understand that is not a lack of interest or desire to connect, when I don't respond to your thoughtful comments with return visits or personal messages. I am doing the best I can. Perhaps as the light continues to grow and the days lengthen my strength will be invigorated and my stamina will extend with the hours of the day. 



gentle steps,
Laura

46 comments:

  1. ~good morning my dear friend...a beautiful post written...

    "but we can always choose to find a way to pay attention to what is happening now"

    such words with so much truth within the,...words i try to give to my littles...the power of our own choice...how we choose to live...


    congrats to you on all those who have come to share in your day to day...blogging is really a beautiful blessings...a gift that connects us on many deeper levels...friendships craeted...people willing and wanting to share in our days...sigh...truly a wonderful experience to embrace to its fullest.

    i send forth healing blessings and prayers...strength to be with you each day that you rise...much love light and blessings be with you always~

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  2. Laura,

    You are so talented (you always have been). Your writing is beautiful and a source of inspiration. Awareness of the moment can be so peaceful. It's amazing to realize how much time is spent in the stories of the past and future. Your blog reminds me to take a moment to focus on the beauty of now. I'm so glad we've reconnected.

    Do you take the photos yourself?

    I hope you are feeling better, and I'm looking forward to speaking with you next week!

    xo,
    Fran

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  3. Thank you friends:) FaerWillow...your littles will learn from their Mamma's example...I know this to be true watching my two growing up into (very) young women now. They are strong and recognize that life's choices are linked to our perspective...If we choose to see the blessings, even in the midst of struggle we will find them. They are always there/here.

    Yes Fran, all my photos...I am so looking forward to chatting next week and really catching up...it has been so many years...and I just know we will pick up right where we left off. Mazal Tov on your simcha this weekend...Your daughter is beautiful and will daven with a sweet voice (like her Mamma's I imagine) as she takes on the role of Bat Mitzvah.

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  4. How could one not come back, when such beautiful words are written, making a deep mark in our hearts and lives?! We are all passengers indeed, and a kind stranger - now a blog friend in you - makes a difference daily on all of us with your deep and great blog entries.
    I don't know about tomorrow and what it holds for me, which makes me scary. But I know that this moment is an amazing one, and try to take in and enjoy it to the fullest. If it comes in the shape of something less pleasant, I will do my best to see the good in it, and comprehend it has a reason.
    thank you for such beautiful words! what a great way to start a day!

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  5. Great post, Laura!!

    "Sometimes we need to pull over for a moment and wait for a stranger to show us directions when we get lost"...very intriguing thought, that the stranger can come from either within or from the outside world.

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  6. Laura dear, your photos and words are always so beautiful, such inspiration ... always! much hugs and love sent your way! xox

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  7. Keep on looking to the light....:)

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  8. No need to apologize for simply doing what you can, Laura -- that's all any of us can do! Have a great day!

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  9. Your small stone is so true.. Love the photo too.

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  10. Your words and energy are inspiring; we all visit where we are drawn and that is perfect. I enjoy how you said "we can choose how wide to open our eyes" -- I have been talking to my husband so much in these past weeks about *choice* so this is a beautiful phrase in furthering understanding of this... :-)

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  11. and some days we are the ones stopping for others...and others the ones looking for the traveler to help us...good wisdom here...and congrats on 200 that is awesome...

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  12. Hi Laura, you have captured another awesome image for us - thank you!! as you know, I can so relate to you're energy dilemma. But you share yourself so fully here - I believe we each can feel your touch of grace, individually, simply by stopping by to visit you, ourselves.
    We each are always enough, right?! and lately, I know when I finally do have more energy, it's been so long since i've done other things, the computer is not where I find myself turning these days - so I trust others will understand my absence when I don't visit - whether it's due to illness or wellness!!
    Here's to all your fellow travelers and their amazing, inspiring and talented guide - in you we see much strength and stamina!! May it grow with every moment of every day...
    xoxox K

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  13. Laura, your words are always so inspirational, it's no wonder so many want to read them. I'm honored to share the road with you, the one less travelled but more scenic.

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  14. Thank you dear ones...I am absorbing your love...like warm rain on parched earth.

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  15. Beautiful words, Laura. You are spreading such light and hope in the world, and need apologize for nothing. Thanks for a beautiful reminder once again this morning about taking this present moment, with its grayness and rain, its dozing dogs, its broken hot water tank, and just loving it all.

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  16. The glass half full, indeed. I'm adding a question mark to today's half loaf haiku. Thank you.
    Judy

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  17. your words always have such depth and a down to earth wisdom - we always want to have things controlled - but as you say - we never know what will
    greet us on the other side of the mountain..and i think it's good

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  18. What a beautiful sky...love the "opening" ...like a door to something different. I love the way you formulate your thoughts. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Very beautiful, and dramatic. Love how the road is drawing you into the middle of the scene - nice!

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  20. A lovely skywatch (isn't it always magical the see the sun break through the clouds?) and an inspiring post. I often wait for guidance in my life, sometimes it's the only thing to do.

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  21. Beautiful picture and words Laura. Thank you.

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  22. Beautiful shot, better words.
    simply stunning!!

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  23. thank you for sharing your sentiments. the photo is very nice. i love drive by shooting.

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  24. That's a beautiful sky and post.

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  25. So very true, we never know what is around the bend, but holding on to the hope that there are new friends to meet and delightful surprises, it might be worth the venture.

    Happy Sky Watch Friday.

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  26. Such a lovely post and photo, Laura.

    Have a great weekend!

    Hugs.

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  27. an outstanding entry of yours.

    please have a good friday.



    daily athens

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  28. What a beautiful image. Love the sentiment in the post as well.

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  29. How true and inspiring your thoughts are.

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  30. exactly, Laura.

    and you do more than I do .

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  31. Beautiful stone and beautiful sky. The captures the mood and the light, and I think the hole in the cloud is a doorway to who-knows-where.

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  32. Laura,

    Your description of the life to be had even with the gradual diminution of a body's abilities is exquisite. It's a view I try to embrace daily as I work with illness in a hospital setting, or simply as I witness my own gradually diminishing vision...
    Lovely to be reminded of this in such a gentle way.

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  33. Such a great photo. Looks like the sky is opening up to heaven.

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  34. Happy New Year Laura.
    Beautiful post!

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  35. Long winding road that symbolizes a journey. Unique photo of the ray you have there. It's feels like hope. Beautiful picture.

    Happy skywatch.
    Have a nice day and lovely weekend.

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  36. I'm reading your post..Smiling..My heart's full of warmth. Feeling your energy. Absorbing the life from your words.
    And I THANK you.

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  37. Thanks for your comment :-)
    Great atmosphere

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  38. Beautiful words and post, Laura! Great capture of the suns rays shining on the road, your photo is gorgeous.

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  39. What a beautiful photo - and wise words as we enter a new year. Pay attention!

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  40. Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog. I really appreciate it.
    Whenever I read your words which are so intelligent, thoughtful and touching, I feel I am encouraged. Seriously.
    Please have a wonderful weekend.
    Yoshi from Japan.

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  41. we are journeying this life together, dear laura. and what an honor it is, to have you beside me. you teach me much, about love and strength of character. xo

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  42. Beautiful shot,life is fragile so live like there is no tomorrow.

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