The View From Here

I’m a firm believer that walking can be a metaphor for anything in life. A journey of a thousand miles . . . the path less traveled . . . it’s not the destination, it’s the journey . . . the straight and narrow path . . . two steps forward, one back . . . am I right, or am I right?

I’ve been on a bit of a journey lately, and frankly, I was afraid to take you along. I thought you might jinx it. I felt fragile. Like writing about it might break it and I’d have to go back to the start. Besides, the introvert in me likes to travel alone, and you might talk too much. You might disturb my inner thoughts or suggest a different trail.

Well, I decided it might be good for me, and maybe even you, if I tell you where I’m at, what the terrain looks like, how far I’ve come, and maybe where I think I’m headed.

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The trail is called Intuitive Eating, and there’s a book by the same name. There are many books by other names, and social media pages you can find by Googling Body Acceptance, Self Compassion, Body Love, BoPo, and Anti-Diet. It’s a movement that encompasses bodies of every size, age, color and ability. It’s about inner peace and love, and you know I’m all over that.

I’m not a stranger to beginning a journey. I began anew every morning and by nightfall felt lost. I cried alone in the dark. At daybreak I’d set out again. It’s a cruel circle. I’m talking about dieting. I was a self-proclaimed, out-of-the-closet diet junkie. I’ve described it as trying to stand still in the surf. It’s impossible.

Wading into the water, there will come tides and surges. There is no controlling it, only adjusting to it. And sometimes you need to let the waves carry you in or out a little bit before you find footing again.

Dieting isn’t that. Dieting is willing yourself to stand still. Most of us just end up face-planted in the sand wondering what happened. Then we wake up and try the same thing the next morning, maybe from a different spot on the beach, exclaiming over the roar of the surf that, “Today we will stand!” And expect a different result.

I’m afraid I’m mixing up my metaphors, but let’s just imagine this trail meandered somewhere along the ocean and opened up on a beach. And that’s just it! I’m not sure exactly where this trail is going to go next. But I do know it’s already taken me to some awesome overlooks and some really rough terrain.

unnamed-1So if you can stand the poetic metaphors, I invite you to lace up your walking shoes and join me. If you just want to sit at home and read my posts from the couch, that’s okay too. I’m not a trail expert by any means, but I am an expert on the steps I’ve taken. There are historical centers and information booths I’ll point out along the way, but if you ask me, all I can tell you about is my own experience and send pictures of the view from here.

Peace . . .

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgia

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“The Greek word for “return” is nostos. Algos means “suffering.” So nostalgia is the suffering caused by an unappeased yearning to return.”

― Milan Kundera, Ignorance

Be part of the Weekly Photo Challenge at The Daily Post

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Change Again

After spending days thinking I had nothing to post on the subject of change, I ended up not being able to decide which to post.  One might say I kept changing my mind!  And so here is my second installment of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Change.

If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.
~~Gail Sheehy

An yet another couple interpretation I love:

My Blog with Pretty Pictures
everything has a place

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

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Nothing is permanent but change.
~~Heraclitus

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change / The Daily Post

Some of my other favorite interpretations:

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Season for Same Old Change / Fly for Icarus
The Patient Gardener’s Weblog
Chris’ Sideline Pics
What a Difference a Tide Makes / mybeautifulthings
High Street Photo x 100
bob’s wife (Very tender)
Francine In Retirement
A Meditative Journey with Saldage
amoralegria
What Is It?!?
Last Call / Beyond the Brush
Jude’s Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Color

The color of springtime is in the flowers, the color of winter is in the imagination.
– Ward Elliot Hour

Weekly Photo Challenge:  Color / The Daily Post

Here are some of my favorite interpretations:

Weekly Photo Challenge: Colour / Tish Farrell
The Colours of Fraser – Weekly Photo Challenge – Colour / The Eternal Traveller
PragueByKaty (I got so excited about this one I almost put the wrong link in! — LOVE it!)
Selasksa Kata (Color knows no language)
weekly photo challenge… ‘colour’ / Carry My Camera
Women Who Think Too Much by Jeanne Marie
Serenity Spell
Milners Blog
The Beauty Along the Road
Benign Neglect (I love the black/white and color comparison)
Hayley Vornholt (Yum! . . . ‘Nuff said.)
Wood Rabbit Journey

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

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Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.
~~Brian Tracy

The Daily Post / Weekly Photo Challenge:  Forward
Other interpretations of ‘Forward’ that I enjoyed:
Blessings through raindrops
Kari Neumeyer ~ Rhymes with Safari
Travel with Intent
purrsonal mewsings