The movie "Wild" was based on the true story of a young woman named Cheryl Strayed who hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. There are several worthwhile quotes in the movie and book but this one has always been a favorite.

“There’s always a sunrise and always a sunset and it’s up to you to choose to be there for it,’ said my mother. 'Put yourself in the way of beauty.”

It is true that we live in a world of ugly, but look closer. There is so much beauty to be found. Choose to "put yourself in the way of beauty."

For more pearls of my attempt at wisdom click on the "Photography" menu item "My Attempt at Wisdom" in the left-hand column. Or alternatively click here.

Yes, I know I tilt at windmills. You can see in my posts the ongoing effort to remain positive in such a negative space. It matters not a whit to me. Though many inhabitants of our world seem destined to live in darkness great truths are often right in front of us.

"...take a deep breath of life... and consider how it should be lived.

Call nothing thine except thy soul.

Love not what thou art, only what thou may become.

Do not pursue pleasure... or thou mayest have the misfortune to overtake it.

Look always forward.

In last year's nests... there are no birds this year.

Be just to all men, courteous to all women.

Live in the vision..." ~ Don Quixote (from the 1972 movie, Man ofLa Mancha)

I took this photo a few years ago, not long before Frisco Pier was demolished. The title is a play on words from the 1998 movie, The Last Days of Disco.

I have always considered Earth to be a living, breathing entity, capable of showing emotion through great beauty and great destruction. In this image Frisco Pier has been badly damaged after years of storms. On this particular morning there was a storm on the horizon with occasional strikes of lightning threatening more damage. Something else was happening though. The rising sun lit up the sky revealing great beauty in the clouds, and sea.

This year we have seen great destruction through the pandemic, riots in our cities (yes I said riots), the fires in the western states, the storms and hurricanes that have caused flooding and havoc. When we look at the whole picture though, we can also see great beauty. Something else is happening. We are an industrious and creative people, capable of rebuilding our lives and dreams even bigger than they were. We are also a generous people, lending helping hands and going extra miles. These are the times we show the world the stuff our hearts and spirits are made of, the place where great beauty really resides.

At the end of the day is someone's life better because you passed by?

“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day.” ― Dalai Lama

When life spins out of control seek out a simple pleasure.

We can live vicariously through tv shows and movies. We can watch sporting events from our favorite chair. Or, we can get out and live our own lives.

Some days you just have to make your own sunshine.

Why do people so often want to hurt and harm others? I think there is a lot of truth in the theory that people are mean to others in order to feel better about themselves.

Flowers don't need to hurt other flowers in order to look good. They just bloom and look gorgeous.

I see it in your social media posts everyday. Some have a real heart and love towards each other and show it. Others are so full of hate they can't recognize their hate is as bad as the ones they talk about.

My grandmother looked after and took care of me throughout my childhood. Tucked away in her drawer was a hand written copy of this poem. It was how she lived. Show each other kindness.

Bring Me All Your Flowers Now

I would rather have a single rose
From the garden of a friend,
Than have the choicest flowers,
When my stay on earth must end.

I would rather have the kindest words
Which may now be said to me,
Than flattered when my heart is still-
And this life has ceased to be.

I would rather have a loving smile
From the friends I know are true,
Than tears shed 'round my casket,
When this world I've bade adieu!

Bring me all your flowers,
Whether pink, or white, or red.
I'd rather have one blossom now
Than a truck load when I'm dead!

-R.D. RICHARDS

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