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    Pretty spectacular, Uncle David,....pretty spectacular.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle David View Post
    Life is perspective!

    Everyone loves hiking in the forest. The birdsong. The deer bounding across the trail in front of you. The woodland creatures going about their lives. The lush green of the forest, and the patches of brilliant blue as you look up through the canopy. 'Life' and 'beauty' are everywhere, in abundance. This is the idyllic life!

    On the other hand, when hiking in the desert, 'life' and 'beauty' aren't always so obvious. For those who don't take the time examine it closely the desert appears dead and lifeless. The screech of the hawk overhead is eery compared to the birdsong of the forest. The creatures aren't warm and fuzzy, they are cold and scaly. The seemingly never-ending beige is hardly as comforting as the soothing green of the forest.

    Yet, those who love the desert have learned to find 'beauty' where others only see hardship and toil. They change their perspective, and, rather than looking at the 'big forest', they look at the little everyday miracles that abound in the desert. The lonesome song of the cactus wren or the descending scale of the canyon wren. They look past the possible danger of the snake, and, instead, see the beautiful patterns and colors that make each one distinctive. They marvel at the evolutionary miracles that allow plants and animals to survive in such a harsh environment.

    Life is like hiking. You choose a path and start walking. Sometimes you get to change paths, sometimes you don't. Regardless, it's up to you how you perceive the trail you are on at the moment. Deal with the obstacles you find along the trail as efficiently as you can, and remember that, whether you're on a forest trail or a desert trail, there is beauty all around you. Seek it out, and allow it to outshine that which would bring you down.
    Beautiful!

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    Great analogy, Uncle D! At my age I do count my many blessings every day, and don't let myself stress over the things that don't go my way.

    And although my heart belongs here with the Redwood forests and beautiful coast, I would not know and understand the stunning beauty of the desert had you not recommended the Red Rock Canyon. Thank you for that. XOXOXO

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    Uncle David I will never forget your post. I will refer to it when I'm not seeing life's beauty around me. Thank you.
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    I really needed that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle David View Post
    Life is perspective!

    Everyone loves hiking in the forest. The birdsong. The deer bounding across the trail in front of you. The woodland creatures going about their lives. The lush green of the forest, and the patches of brilliant blue as you look up through the canopy. 'Life' and 'beauty' are everywhere, in abundance. This is the idyllic life!

    On the other hand, when hiking in the desert, 'life' and 'beauty' aren't always so obvious. For those who don't take the time examine it closely the desert appears dead and lifeless. The screech of the hawk overhead is eery compared to the birdsong of the forest. The creatures aren't warm and fuzzy, they are cold and scaly. The seemingly never-ending beige is hardly as comforting as the soothing green of the forest.

    Yet, those who love the desert have learned to find 'beauty' where others only see hardship and toil. They change their perspective, and, rather than looking at the 'big forest', they look at the little everyday miracles that abound in the desert. The lonesome song of the cactus wren or the descending scale of the canyon wren. They look past the possible danger of the snake, and, instead, see the beautiful patterns and colors that make each one distinctive. They marvel at the evolutionary miracles that allow plants and animals to survive in such a harsh environment.

    Life is like hiking. You choose a path and start walking. Sometimes you get to change paths, sometimes you don't. Regardless, it's up to you how you perceive the trail you are on at the moment. Deal with the obstacles you find along the trail as efficiently as you can, and remember that, whether you're on a forest trail or a desert trail, there is beauty all around you. Seek it out, and allow it to outshine that which would bring you down.
    A number of years ago, John used to quote the "Post of the Week" and give an award to the poster. I loved reading those insightful comments. Uncle David, your post qualifies as the Post of the Decade or one of FORT's all time favs...thanks so much for sharing this point of view. You are an inspiration.
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    I'm with Cootie, Uncle David-Post of the Decade at least! Thank you for the thoughts!!
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    Uncle David, very beautiful inspirational thoughts there. Very insightful life's advice.
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    Thank you all for your kind words! I am humbled by your response.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle David View Post
    Life is perspective!

    Everyone loves hiking in the forest. The birdsong. The deer bounding across the trail in front of you. The woodland creatures going about their lives. The lush green of the forest, and the patches of brilliant blue as you look up through the canopy. 'Life' and 'beauty' are everywhere, in abundance. This is the idyllic life!

    On the other hand, when hiking in the desert, 'life' and 'beauty' aren't always so obvious. For those who don't take the time examine it closely the desert appears dead and lifeless. The screech of the hawk overhead is eery compared to the birdsong of the forest. The creatures aren't warm and fuzzy, they are cold and scaly. The seemingly never-ending beige is hardly as comforting as the soothing green of the forest.

    Yet, those who love the desert have learned to find 'beauty' where others only see hardship and toil. They change their perspective, and, rather than looking at the 'big forest', they look at the little everyday miracles that abound in the desert. The lonesome song of the cactus wren or the descending scale of the canyon wren. They look past the possible danger of the snake, and, instead, see the beautiful patterns and colors that make each one distinctive. They marvel at the evolutionary miracles that allow plants and animals to survive in such a harsh environment.

    Life is like hiking. You choose a path and start walking. Sometimes you get to change paths, sometimes you don't. Regardless, it's up to you how you perceive the trail you are on at the moment. Deal with the obstacles you find along the trail as efficiently as you can, and remember that, whether you're on a forest trail or a desert trail, there is beauty all around you. Seek it out, and allow it to outshine that which would bring you down.
    I have copied this and kept it in a file I don't want to ever forget this. Thank you.
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