LIfe at High Altitude in Colorado

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.

-Edward Abbey, naturalist and author (1927-1989)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Taking Time for Small Pleasures - Our World


Recently, I took a few weeks to rediscover the stillness within myself.
The computer and the TV remained silent. 
I noticed the simple charms of everyday life.
The mundane transformed into the extraordinary.


I realized the curve of my lips - 
up or down -
determines the nature of my day.

I clipped this quote several years ago:

"The best reason to take your time is that this time is the only time you'll ever have. You must take it, or it will be taken from you. It is telling that the phrase "taking your time" is synonymous with slowing down. If we want to live life fully, we do best to slow down. I don't suggest that we turn back the clock, trying to retrieve a bygone era when life was slower. We couldn't, even if we wanted to. But I don't believe we should want to. We should revel in our electronically supercharged, unbounded world. But, to make the most out of this new world, to avoid feeling overbooked, overstretched, and about to snap, to make modern life become better than life has ever been, a person must learn how to do what matters first. Otherwise, you will bulldoze over life's best moments. You won't notice the little charms that adorn each day, nor will you ever transform the mundane into the extraordinary."    excerpted from Crazybusy by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.


It snowed 15" (38 cm) in Breckenridge overnight.
I'm leaving the mountains for an adventure very soon.
I'll warm my body and spirit in the desert of Arizona with my friend, Mary.
I'll take time to enjoy small pleasures.

Meanwhile, maybe you'd share one of your small pleasures with me.
What's been happening lately in your world that has made you smile?

Our World

(PS I've updated the book review page.)

57 comments:

  1. A wonderful post Barb with (as always) gorgeous images. It seems the snow does not want to leave in a hurry, it's hanging on. But a warm trip to the desert sounds rather wonderful for both body and spirit.
    I made the decision to slow down a couple of years ago which has enabled me to wholly enjoy so many of the small pleasures that otherwise go unnoticed. Most recently I found myself gazing out the window as the wind picked up during the recent passing of Cyclone Ita, and watching the many birds outside becoming disoriented and then finding each other in their family groups. That made me smile.

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  2. Such a lovely post, Barb! I find it helpful to "disconnect" from technology and reconnect with the world around me, yet I don't do this often enough! Learning how to kayak has made me smile lately. I will be going for my third trip this Friday with my husband and three cousins. Being with my family and kayaking---it doesn't get much better than that. I hope you have a fun adventure wherever you are going!

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  3. What a beautiful fox in the sun light. Great shot Barb.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  4. What a good idea to connect with yourself away from TV and computers. This is so necessary on a regular basis I find! That's a wonderful and wise quotation. The captures of the fox are just beautiful. What an amazing and colourful coat, especially in the sunlight on that first photo.

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  5. Your fox photos are wonderful, and I can just imagine him curling up on a cold night, bushy tail right over his face. Enjoy the desert, time away is always so good, we didn't get our camping trip this year, maybe travel to the South Island for a family visit later on when the snow has arrived. Cheers, Jean.

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  6. Wonderful shots of the fox in the snow.

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  7. A very wise and wonderful post, Barb!! Of course, I love the fox and such delightful captures of him in the snow!! Terrific!! Thanks for the reminder for the day -- I'm sure most of us would be wise to follow! Have a beautiful week!!

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  8. Welcome back Barb :) Love the quotes you share (I often reread the ones you have on the sidebar). Great reminder to get out of my head (especially when I'm walking to/from places) and not just see what's before me, but to really look and be mindful of it. Love that you have foxes as visitors!

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  9. I see you have Fox on guard. I know he'll take care of things while you are gone. Enjoy your adventure in the warm!

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  10. What a beautiful fox and your photography is exquisite and post is so true ~ for OWT ~ Happy Moments to you ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A CreativeHarbor)

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  11. Great photos of the fox. Have a great trip to Arizona.

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  12. hi barb, i often think of the whole "disconnect" thing, i've never tried it. i enjoy my "online" life so much and do feel i have a good grasp on balancing both my real world and my online world. now as the weather changes, i look foward to spending more time outdoors. the fox is pretty, you photographed him beautifully. enjoy your new adventure. debbie

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  13. What a great quote. I've added it to my "inspirations page" to reread as necessary. Also a wonderful photo of the red fox.

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  14. Barb,
    Such a lovely and inspiring post!
    I think it's such a good thing disconnecting from the internet and TV.
    I have done that too and during that time I read tons of books, I love to read so I guess that is one of my greatest pleasures.
    Wonderful shots!

    Have a wonderful time in AZ,

    Snowed here last night but all melted now,

    Have a great and beautiful day.

    x

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  15. What a beautiful fox! I like the idea of "taking time or it will be taken from you". So true! It's so easy to be overwhelmed by all the stimuli and electronics. I try to unplug regularly (once a week) to relax and recenter.

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  16. An amazing post Barb, and how neat that you got to see a fox this close. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. My utmost respect, admiration and thanks to your father-in-law for his service.

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  17. p.s. I loved reading this post Barb, thank you!

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  18. Hello Barb, love your cute Fox. It almost looks like a pet! I hope you have a wonderful trip, enjoy!

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  19. Yesterday's 80 degree temperatures left me remembering long days of Summer with its wonderful warmth. So glad all is well in your world. Please post images from your planned trip when you can. Be safe and most importantly, have fun. Carol

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  20. Great pics of the fox. That first one especially. Yes indeed, you have to take your time. Time is my most valuable asset.

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  21. Lesson we should all learn from.
    As for me, seeing those amazing photos of my most favorite of all animals, the fox, made me smile. Thank you.

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  22. I think I saw that fox the last time I was in Breckenridge! Yes, a great thought and well written post...I just have to slow down...slow down.

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  23. That is quite the inquisitive little fox! Beautiful. Today the air was soft and warm and that made me smile all day long.

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  24. Such great photos, what a cute little fox. We will be camphosting in Colorado starting in May, We will be near Estes Park. We are looking forward to a nice long stay in Colorado.

    Hugs~

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  25. Well said Barb. I too have stepped back from the hustle and bustle and internet and taken time outfox the important things of life . . . see my OUR WORLD post.
    Love your visiting, splendid fox and hope your trip is all you wish for it to be.

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  26. Hello, Barb,
    I have been thinking of you. So glad to read your post today!
    Your fox in the snow is so lovely. I like that quote you have shared. Yes, we need time away from Computer and TV in our busy life. My everyday life is tied up with the sick family-in-law. It is not always a fine day. It is true that I have learned so many things from the aging mother and sick brother in-law when I come to think of life. Silent time of mine is a precious respite, which gives me the nourishment of my life I need, and I can get myself back.
    Have a wonderful trip, enjoy Barb!
    I am smiling!



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  27. All that snow must bring a deeper silence to your soul.

    Say Hi to Mary.

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  28. A break sounds just what you needed! That fox is charming as is the snow. Hoping you have another great trip to Arizona.

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  29. wonderful photos Barb.
    enjoy the warm.
    Thanks for visiting.

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  30. Dearest Barb;
    What sweet pictures of fox♡♡♡ I wish I could see one with my own eyes! Yes, I agree that we need some quiet time and with wonderful nature.
    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  31. Well I have to say this post with the beautiful fox made me smile. I like to step back from technology once in a while and yes it is wonderful what you can see while not having your eyes stuck to a screen. We are calving here so that makes me smile new life running around happy to be running so cute. Hug B

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  32. We haven't had cable for over two years now, and we watch only two programs online now...and very infrequently I might add. I LOVE having no TV blaring all day long.

    Your fox images are extraordinary. And you 'lips curve' line...being up or down couldn't be more true!!

    Exceptional post and narrative this week.

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  33. What a treat to see a Fox so close up. I only saw one briefly once, as it ran across the road in front of our car. Your "disconnect" idea sounds so peaceful, and you have such a perfect place to do it!
    Let's see, without writing way to much..What made me smile recently? My husband and I live in two places. The mountains in the summer, and we did live in south Texas in the winter. But, after 40 something years, we decided to move to north Texas to be closer to family in our retirement. What we didn't realize was how much we would miss our lifetime of friends. Even though my family (four sister) are keeping our social calendar full, they can't fill that void of friendships. On Sunday, we did some errands after church.....and three times ran into to people who had just recently met us, and they stopped to say hello. It made me smile and think, maybe, just maybe, this is going to work.

    Have a wonderful time in the warm sun....with your friend. Janey

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  34. I cannot tell you how much I love this post. Of all the photos you take, my favorites are always of Brer Fox. He's so beautiful and your light is dazzling. That one on the porch -- wow. I hope you are getting these made as notecards on moo.com (my fave) or Shutterfly or something! They are incredible.

    I'm in the crafty mode and happy getting ready for Easter and spring. Today is shopping day! Life is good.

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  35. You always share such wisdom. I love the fox photos. The light in the first one makes the fox's coat glow. I think photography has helped me slow down - stop and enjoy the moment, even when I don't have my camera.

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  36. These are awesome images. I'm just in awe. Well done.

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  37. This is such a handsome fox! He looked like he was smiling in the first photo. My special moments have been shared with my grandchildren --it is such a pleasure to now live close to them and I treasure this time with them in their developing years.

    Enjoy Arizona! My sister and her family lives there, as does my husband's sister and her family, so each time we visit that state we find much to see and do.

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  38. Dear Barb - Thank you for this reminder with the lovely photos of the fox. Things happen and before I know it I often find myself in the maelstrom. I like to remind myself to slow down. This is my favorite excerpt from a poem:

    Take your time, go slowly.
    Do few things, but do them well.
    Simple joys are holy.

    Thank you for your comment during your break. I'm always encouraged by you. Be free and comfortable in Arizona, Barb.

    Yoko


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  39. The fox can feel my eyes shift to him. How in the world does anyone catch one on camera? Wonderful photographs.

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  40. Lovely post and your fox is magnicficent! What a wonderful visitor! :)

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  41. Hello Barb.
    Funny, I had a similar conversation at length with my brother last evening.....about taking the time and really listening to what is going on around us. We both concurred that it is so important and rewarding to do so.
    What has made me smile recently? That conversation I had last evening with my brother Dennis.
    Oh yes, I think I would jump up and down like a fool if we had a 'visitor' like yours at our deck!! Wonderful!

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  42. Lovely foxes. I went to a full-day Yoga retreat last month ... one of my intentions was to remember how to love stillness. Enjoy your travels -- and the warm sunshine.

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  43. That is great advice, Barb. I'll take it. I loved your beautiful words and photos. Enjoy your adventure, and the warmth of the sun.

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  44. It looks as if Mr. Fox entertained you during your quiet time. He's so gloriously beautiful. In my world, I've re-started meditation as my quiet time. It's a response to "cluster migraines" that I've been having. Regardless of whether meditation cures them, I'm glad to have started to learn to quiet my mind again.

    Enjoy your trip to the desert.

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  45. As so many have already said, a wonderful post. Your question about the small pleasures in life.....so many, but over the past weeks I realized the most important hour of my morning and evening are times in meditation. I have completely eliminated any contact through email or reading online before I meditate and in the mornings only briefly come to the computer after I have checked on my little garden, noticed how glorious is the day and had a little nourishment from the bounty that has been given me for sustenance. Always love your posts. Have a great trip....we have been with you and Mary in the past and look forward to seeing your time in the desert.

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  46. Wow, those are marvelous and enchanted images! You must have felt a little magic... :-)

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  47. What a beautiful post! And what incredible images. Thank you for sharing this.

    I'm currently crazy busy sorting out an old box room, but I'm taking time to savour the memories that so much that's in that room hold.

    Wishing you a fabulous weekend x

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  48. This is lovely, Barb. I have been taking time! And truly enjoying it and not knowing what the next future moment might hold. A delight from my life yesterday: my daughter said she and her boyfriend might take a trip to Colorado in the near future. This brought forth memories of your beautiful backyard and I'm now forwarding your blog address for her to explore...

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  49. I still get excited to see a coyote out the window, trying to kill one of the geese in the ponds, but it's not nearly as exciting as a red fox!

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  50. how CUTE your wild visitor, I want to cuddle with it:-)) lucky you! hope the spring arrives soon at your home, till then enjoy your trip+the warmth! sunshine+luv your way....

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  51. The fox is a beautiful creature. You're lucky to have him visiting regularly.
    You're so right about making good use of the limited time we're granted on this earth. If we don't use it, we lose it forever. Getting out in nature and visiting with family are my favorite ways to make the most of days and nights.

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