Chapter ~ 3

LIVING LIFE WITH OPTIMISM ~ BEING IN THE FLOW


Life all around us seems out of balance, broken, falling apart and chaotic.  Living with optimism seems so important now.  It means accepting all that is moving, or flowing, around us and finding our way to participate, stay balanced and still be active citizens.  Be in the flow of the movement.  Protect yourSelf from the rocks.  Find your way to contribute to the process of change. 

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"Move ahead.

We can't rewrite the past with our wishing or our wanting.

But the future?

Now, that's something we can play a role in shaping." 

~ Gabby Giffords, Gun Safety Advocate ~ 

GIFFORDS-COURAGE TO FIGHT GUN VIOLENCE

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"Today I will not have panic and tears. I will be calm and confident."


Speaking on the depth of trauma that Ukraine's children are facing:

"Imagine how this could affect the psyche of a normal child,

who was not raised for war, not taught to hate. 

 ... there are thousands of these children."

 ~ Olena Zelenska, First Lady of Ukraine ~

The First Lady is currently pursuing an initiative to create training programs for Ukrainian trauma counselors.

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"We cannot answer the call to authenticity without a death of some kind.

We have to leave behind the world that has become too small for us.

We must abandon the maps that lead to decisions that diminish our lives

and develop new maps that lead to decisions that enhance our lives."

~ Paula Stone Williams ~

Author:  AS A WOMAN

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“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment

before starting to improve the world.”

~ Anne Frank ~


ILLUMINATION


“Your soul is an energy that can bring eternal illumination to this world.”

~ Eisho Muni ~

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“We awaken by asking the right questions.

We awaken when we see knowledge being spread that goes against our own personal experiences.

We awaken when we see popular opinion being wrong but accepted as being right, and what is right being pushed as being wrong.

We awaken by seeking answers in corners that are not popular.

And we awaken by turning on the light inside when everything outside feels dark.”

~ Suzy Kassem ~





“Every sunrise is an invitation for us

to arise and brighten someone’s day.”

~ Jhiess Krieg ~

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“Each one of us has an individual Sun continuously exploding into a joyous dawn.

Tirelessly, it illuminates our inner realm

and reminds us that darkness is only a matter of blind belief.”

~ R. N. Prasher ~

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TUNDRA ECOSYSTEM

"The Alpine Tundra Ecosystem starts between elevations of 11,000 to 11,500 feet, depending on exposure. This is truly a land of extremes. Strong, frequent winds and cold temperatures help limit what plants can grow there. Most alpine plants are perennials. Many plants are dwarfed, but their few blossoms may be full-sized. Cushion plants look like ground-hugging clumps of moss. They escape the strong winds blowing just a few inches above them. Cushion plants may also have long taproots that extend deep into the rocky soil. Many flowering plants of the tundra have dense hairs on stems and leaves to provide wind protection or red-colored pigments capable of converting the sun's light rays into heat. Some plants take two or more years to form flower buds, which survive the winter below the surface and then open and produce fruit with seeds in the few weeks of summer. Grasses and sedges are common where tundra soil is well-developed."  ~ National Park Service ~

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"The showiest bloomer in the alpine tundra, Alpine Sunflower

has large flower heads with yellow 3- toothed rays.

The stems and leaves are covered

with soft silvery white woolly hairs.

Unlike many other sunflowers, the flower heads typically face

east and do not turn with the sun; this may be an adaptation to

avoiding damage from violent afternoon thunderstorms, which

blow in from the west." ~ National Park Service ~

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ADVICE FROM A MOUNTAIN WANDERER

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Each day choose your path as you can always choose your attitude and intention.

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Appreciate the gifts presented to you.

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Honor the magnificence of the light around you in all aspects of nature - and life.

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WILDFLOWERS...

“There is poetry among the wildflowers."

~ Rachel Irene Stevenson ~

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“here's the thing about wildflowers

they take root wherever they are

grow strong through the wind, rain, pain, sunshine, blue skies and starless nights

they dance, even when it seems there is nothing worth dancing for

they bloom with or without you”

~ Alisha Christensen ~ 

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“No matter what conditions look like around you—

keep on believing, keep on persisting—

keep on going—keep on growing.

Just like wildflowers grow wherever they choose,

no matter the conditions—

be and be becoming all that you were created to be and become.”

~ Sandra C Bibb ~


A PRAYER for PEACE and SERENITY


Sometimes I find the best way for me to be an active citizen is to simply say a prayer.

“Do not be anxious about anything,

but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving

let your requests be made known to God.”

~ Philippians 4-6 ~

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"The Light of God surrounds us;

The Love of God enfolds us;

The Power of God protect us;

The Presence of God watches over us.

Wherever we are, God is!"

~ James Dillet Freeman ~

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