“Wisdom for the New Year”

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless.”

“In loving one another through our works, we bring an increase in grace and a growth in divine love.”

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

“Yesterday is gone.  Tomorrow has not yet come.  Let us begin.”  ~~ Mother Teresa aka St. Teresa of Calcutta

Happy New Year!

May you have a year filled with renewed hope and good health.

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“Hunt’s Mesa”

Ok, I will admit that I it was “peer pressure” from my  group of photo friends that convinced me to do this overnight excursion to Hunt’s Mesa.  It was a two hour 4-wheel drive by our Navajo Indian guide into the back country that did have me holding my rosary beads.  We camped overnight and had  both an opportunity to photograph sunset and sunrise on top of the mesa overlooking Monument Valley.  Obviously, this was a good experience with peer pressure.

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“The Vastness of the Universe”

I have used the words of John Denver’s song “Welcome to My Morning” many times with my blog.  Again, I am moved to share the knowledge, wisdom and awe of this song:

“Welcome to my morning
Welcome to my day
I’m the one responsible
I made it just this way
To make myself some pictures
See what they might bring
I think I made it perfectly
I wouldn’t change a thing
Welcome to my happiness
You know it makes me smile
And it pleases me to have you here
For just a little while
While we open up the spaces
Try to break some chains
And if the truth is told
They will never come again…”

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“Experience the Magic”

“Valley of the Gods” is a scenic sandstone valley near Mexican Hat, Utah.  The vastness of this land and its structures are magic to behold with the display of  morning light.  I know that I have shared this quote with previous posts, however, it is a blessing for a new day that always inspires me – especially as I experienced the magic of this beautiful morning.

“Welcome to my morning
Welcome to my day
I’m the one responsible
I made it just this way
To make myself some pictures
See what they might bring
I think I made it perfectly
I wouldn’t change a thing.”
~John Denver

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“Friendship Adventure”

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I just finished a wonderful week with friends who traveled from Connecticut and Oklahoma to experience my beloved Rocky Mountains.  We had quite the adventure hiking and being in the mountains together.  However, the highlight was probably getting up at 3:30 a.m. to get to the tundra area of Rocky Mountain National Park – over 12,0000 feet high – for sunrise.  We trekked up the path to the Rock Cut area and were humbled by the altitude and the blessings of our environment.  Yet, we were at peace together for the beginning of a new day.  We held hands and prayed for the earth, our families and our country and were amazed by the beauty around us.  Yes, sometimes friendship can be a life adventure together and I wish this experience for all.  Be with your friends, enjoy your friends and most of all –  love your friends and the people in your world.

(I have not used the self-timer on my camera in years.  However, it certainly was a handy tool for this sunrise experience.)

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