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crossing bridges, turning corners, and going down a new path
By Mina Parker, DANIEL TALBOTT
Red Wheel/Weiser, LLCCopyright © 2011 Mina Parker and Daniel Talbott
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Life is a great adventure: the first steps taken in memory, the present passage being made this very moment, and the future, a map of possibilities Whether you're taking a short trip or a long sojourn, it's all part of one journey, one long and winding path. To see with your own eyes, feel your way with your own hands. To make decisions and strike out in a singular direction lb reevaluate, to change course if necessary. To catch the updraft and dodge the undertow, lb know the world through the prism of your heart, and to know your heart through its reflection in the expanse of all things. A wide open place to shout the secret of your wildest dreams, and hear your voice come echoing back, gathering layer and perspective.
"Oh, the places you'll go," the great Dr. Seuss reminds us, Here's to a little inspiration to encourage the first step, a companion in the final mile, and a reminder that the journey really is the destination.
Crossing a Bridge
Make voyages! Attempt them ... there's nothing else.
On your way! Go! Vamoose! What are you waiting for? No, really. What are you waiting for? The bridge is there, waiting to be crossed. Greener pastures may grow on the other side, or browner, but you won't know until you get there and see for yourself. You can stay and peeper, or you can set out today. Pack your ambition, your curiosity, and your open ness, and embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
May angels gather at your shoulder.
—Mary Anne Rodmacher
Blessings for any trip. Guides come forward when needed, help attires just in time, and unseen hands send you on your way.
I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
—Robert Louis Stevenson
Make it new.
Make it fly, let it soar. Make it work, keep it real. Make it shine, make it last, Make it fun, pass it on.
Travel light: Lay out what you think you need. Take half. Leave plenty of empty space for new experience.
Thirty spokes share the wheel's hub; It is the center hole that makes it useful. Shape clay into a vessel; It is the space within that makes it useful. Cut doors and windows for a room; It is the holes which make it useful. Therefore benefit comes from what is there; Usefulness from what is not there.
—Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu (translated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English)
We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.
—Charles R. Swindoll
A turtle travels only when it sticks its neck out.
At first glance it may appear too hard Look again. Always look again.
—Mary Anne Radmacher
I have not failed. I've lust found 10,000 ways that don't work.
—Thomas Alva Edison
Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.
If there is a rule for success, this is it: Reach higher, get stronger. Fail and learn and try again.
The power of imagination makes us infinite
The magic is inside you. There ain't no crystal ball.
The original definition of courage is to tell the story of who you are with your whole hearyt.
Men go abroad to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.
NOW crossing the bridge into inner space, bring a guidebook of the soul.
This map is not to scale, wonder expands into every open space.
Live water heals memories. Look up the creek and here it comes, the future ...
Take me to the water. Lapping in the rhythm that marked the beginning of all moments. Memory and motion. Layers of love and loss and longing. Take it to the water.
I will prepare and some day my chance will come.
We do not act because we know. We know because we are called upon to act.
—Johann Gottlieb Fichte
Preparation is key. A wealth of information, consideration of the facts at hand. Strategy and practice, Pack your bag of tools and stand at the ready to chase down any challenge, overtake any opportunity.
Don't live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable.
For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
—Vincent van Gogh
How long this bridge, how fast the current rushing below How strong the gusts ahead, how forceful the helping winds from behind.
How far this path leads, or where it will end Unknown all, and yet I am guided by dreams.
Turning a Corner
Midway on our life's journey, I found myself In dark woods, the right road lost.
Welcome, change. Goodbye, status quo, Here is where our paths diverge. The moment of awakening to a new journey, undertaken at dawn. Doubts, fears, dark clouds. Take it on. Come prepared. Come to win. Old rules were made for the way things were, and those plans suited yesterday's circumstances. This calls for something new. It's time to see what lies around the bend.
To change your life: Start immediately, do it flamboyantly, no exceptions.
The thing that's important to know is that you never know. You're always sort of feeling your way.
If we begin with certainties, we shall end in doubts; but if we begin with doubts, and are patient in them, we shall end in certainties.
Because the road is rough and long, Shall we despise the skylark's song?
The voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Enjoy a meander. Discover a reversal. Upend a plan of attack. With determination and a strong wind, all will be progress.
May your eyes see anew. May you notice, notice, notice. May your legs be strong and your heart open.
If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, Rejoice, for your soul is alive.
One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.
Travelers, there is no path, paths are made by walking.
May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind always be at your back.
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
Open doors are where you see them; open minds follow.
The most powerful agent of growth and transformation is something much more basic than any technique: a change of heart.
If I hold back, I'm no good. I'm no good. I'd rather be good sometimes than holding back all the time.
Burst Open! Come forward. Ready to succeed, willing to fail. What other way is there?
Every time I look at my pocketbook, I see Jackie Robinson.
We all tread a path laid down by the wise and the courageous who came before us. Their strength inspires us to follow in their footsteps; their legacy challenges us to push farther toward our goals.
Have no fear of perfection—you'll never reach it.
Perfection. Let that one go. Huge relief.
You have brains in your head You have feet in your shoes You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
Take the third left. Cross the footbridge. Detour to the lookout point, Stop for a bite. Smell the roses, Decisions, decisions,
The soul of a journey is liberty, perfect liberty, to chink, feel, do, just as one pleases.
Sometimes I go about with pity for myself and all the while Great Winds are carrying me across the sky.
May bright blessings lift your spirit.
One more day to serve. One more hour to love. One more minute to praise. For this day I am grateful. If I awaken to the morning sun, I am grateful.
—Mary Lou Kownacki
Boundless. Inexhaustible. NO holds barred. Constant. Free.
My motto: sans limites.
Finding a New Path
Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.
—Henry David Thoreau
Your path. Finding it, making it; following, or leading. In groups, or solitary. Driven to charge ahead, or allowed to linger and explore. History builds behind and around you as you travel. Friendships deepen, and root systems offer support as you climb. You come unmoored from your fears, embrace the great unknown as your greatest ally. Your destination bursts into view. You come home whole.
When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
—Alexander Graham Bell
May doors of wisdom open into rooms of opportunity.
All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.
Catacombs and altars. The graves of your ancestors. Memory and meaning.
Or, the love of your life, A child you've hoped for, A new beginning or direction,
Go laden and packed with questions, and return with the prize of an unknown quest
Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are a hundred ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
Do what you love; love what you do. Why not?
The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.
Raise you voice. Speak up. Be heard.
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore,
Even when there is a set course, the unknown beckons. An explorer's dreams guide the ship. With every choice you make, a new horizon, With every goal surpassed, a new reward.
It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all of the answers.
May your path be strewn with flowers, memories, friends and happy hours. May blessings come from heaven above, to fill your life with peace and love.
Working, learning, nose to the grindstone with one eye trained on the horizon: I'm getting ready for my chance.
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.
May your courage lead you out of the comfortable valley and up, up, up over daunting peaks.
Diligence is a good thing, but taking things easy is much more restful.
Take it easy. Take care, Rest and renew.
Excerpted from going places by Mina Parker, DANIEL TALBOTT. Copyright © 2011 Mina Parker and Daniel Talbott. Excerpted by permission of Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC.
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