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“As long as you are breathing, there is more right with you than there is wrong.”

“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.” 

Jon Kabat Zinn

Maybe it’s all utterly meaningless. Maybe it’s all unutterably meaningful. If you want to know which, pay attention to  what it means to be truly human in a world that half the time we’re in love with and half the time scares the hell out of us [...] The unexpected sound of your name on somebody’s lips. The good dream. The strange coincidence. The moment that brings tears to your eyes. The person who brings life to your life. Even the smallest events hold the greatest clues.

Frederick Beuchner

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Half the confusion in the world comes from not knowing how little we need.

Admiral Richard E. Byrd, polar explorer

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We are all just walking each other home.

Ram Dass

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There is a day
when the road neither
comes nor goes, and the way
is not a way, but a place.

Wendell Berry, excerpt from A Timbered Choir

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This is the time you’d like to stay.
Not a leaf stirs. There is no sound.
The fireflies lift light from the ground.
You’ve shed the vanities of when
And how and why, for now. And then
The phone rings. You are called away.

Wendell Berry, excerpt from A Timbered Choir

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The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.

Derek Walcott, from Love After Love

[When] you go out into the woods and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You appreciate it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree.

The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying “You’re too this, or I’m too this.” That judging mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are.

Ram Dass, from On Self Judgement


Light through trees

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.

Leonard Cohen


As far as I can tell, the value of climbing mountains is only found in how we carry the lessons we learn up high into the life we lead on flat ground.

Cory Richards, National Geographic photographer