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A Monday meander: Surprise adventures

Cape May-Lewes Ferry. Lewes, Delaware.

Adventure is allowing the unexpected to happen to you. Exploration is experiencing what you have not experienced before. How can there be any adventure, any exploration, if you let somebody else – above all, a travel bureau – arrange everything before-hand?

~ Richard Aldington, 1929

Spontaneity is a meticulously prepared art.

~ Oscar Wilde

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1. Fifty-nine

Birthday gift from M.

Age has no reality except in the physical world. The essence of a human being is resistant to the passage of time. Our inner lives are eternal, which is to say that our spirits remain as youthful and vigorous as when we were in full bloom. Think of love as a state of grace, not the means to anything, but the alpha and omega. An end in itself.

~ Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

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15 Things Revisited

Bald Cypress.  (Trap Pond, Laurel, Delaware.)
Bald Cypress. (Trap Pond State Park, Laurel, Delaware.)

To enjoy your goals, think of them as signposts, pointing you in a certain direction.  They give you a focus and help your energy to get moving.  The way you go is up to you; you can get very uptight focusing only on getting to your goal or you can relax and enjoy the entire journey, appreciating every unexpected bend and turn of the road, every new opportunity for learning and feeling

~ Shakti Gawain

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Selfishness

Pausing in the shade of the woods.
Pausing in the shade of the woods.

Stepping out of the busyness, stopping our endless pursuit of getting somewhere else, is perhaps the most beautiful offering we can make to our spirit.

~ Tara Brach, True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart

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The miracle of being here

Finding gold in the meadow.
Finding gold in the meadow.

It is a strange and wonderful fact to be here, walking around in a body, to have a whole world within you and a world at your fingertips outside you.  It is an immense privilege, and it is incredible that humans manage to forget the miracle of being here.  Rilke said, ‘Being here is so much,’ and it is uncanny how social reality can deaden and numb us so that the mystical wonder of our lives goes totally unnoticed.  We are here.  We are wildly and dangerously free.  The more lonely side of being here is our separation in the world.  When you live in a body, you are separate from every other object and person.  Many of our attempts to pray, to love and to create are secret attempts at transfiguring that separation in order to build bridges outwards so that others can reach us and we can reach them.

~ John O’Donohue

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