Early this morning

Early this morning

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.  They somehow already know what you truly want to become.  Everything else is secondary.

~ Steve Jobs

The stable at dawn

Horse stable at dawn

Isn’t it interesting how sometimes the Universe seems to speak loud and clear?  I came across this quote after a series of other things that provoked a lot of thought about what I’m doing in life, the universe, and everything.  (Another thank you to Douglas Adams.  I suspect I overuse that phrase.  I’ll work on that.)

Frosty leaf

Frosty leaf

I started to follow my heart and my intuition, and then…  I got stuck.  The obstacles in the way were self-imposed, self-placed.  One of them is procrastination.  Another is fear.  Not so much a fear of failure, but a fear of success.  I know.  That sounds odd, doesn’t it?  Who fears success?  Surprisingly, a lot of people or there wouldn’t be quotes of this nature:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is out light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

~ Marianne Williamson

Growing and being

Growing and being

I thought about these things as I slowly walked through the Future Woods at sunrise this morning.  For some of the small steps I took on the mowed paths, I came up with small steps I can take in my daily life to help me get over (under, around, or through) those obstacles.

The view from where I stopped

The view from where I stopped

At the end of the upper path, near the entrance to the woods, I stopped to look and listen and get a feel for whether or not my thoughts and ideas were headed in the right direction or if I was just providing myself with another list of things I won’t do.



I looked down at the frost on the moss that I was standing on, then up at the trees and shrubs.  Off in the distance a dog barked.  A train whistle sounded, low and long.  The crow that has been joining me on my walks joined in with a caw or two.  Then I heard a rustle in the grasses.

White tail

White tail

Two white-tailed deer came bounding by.  Of course I wasn’t fast enough with the camera to catch anything except the white tail of the second doe.

Around the corner from where I stood to watch the deer, we have today's view of the pond.

Around the corner from where I stood to watch the deer, we have today’s view of the pond.

In his book Animal Speak, Ted Andrews writes that one of the keynotes of deer is a “gentle luring to new adventures.”  As you may recall, I associate deer with my mother so… thanks, Mom.  I had a feeling you’d approve of what I have in mind.

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I found gold

Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called “All the Things That Could Go Wrong.”

~ Marianne Williamson

It was hiding in plain sight in the meadow

It was hiding in plain sight in the meadow

It wasn’t all musing and no mindfulness on my walk this morning.   The sunrise from behind the dead tree across the street was a gorgeous gold and orange.  The ground was wet and squishy from the heavy rain we had yesterday afternoon and evening, but the dip in temperature also caused some patches of frost, long strips of it undulating across the meadows and the front lawn.

A little curl

A little curl

I enjoyed the chill and the breeziness as I watched clouds of varying shades of blue and gray and white move across the sky.  The clouds have broken up a bit this afternoon, and we’ve had some delightful sunny spells.

Remains of an elm

Remains of an elm

It was a lovely, joyful walk, with the musings, ponderings, and all.  I even found some reminders (remains) of summer.

Summer sleeps

Summer sleeps with frosty dreams

That’s it from the Bogs for today.  Thank you so much for visiting, and joining me for another walk around Breezy Acres.  I’ve made a big pot of chili for dinner tonight.  Grab a bowl and spoon and help yourself.  The secret to my chili is chocolate (dark cocoa powder).  No, it doesn’t make it sweet.  It adds texture and body and a delicious yumminess that’s difficult to describe.  If you’ve ever had molè, you’ll know what I mean.

Be good, be kind, be loving, just Be.  🙂

A little reflections

A little reflection

Love is what we are born with.  Fear is what we learn.  The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back in our hearts.  Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth.  To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life.  Meaning does not lie in things.  Meaning lies in us.

~ Marianne Williamson

What I’m listening to


28 Comments on “Musings”

  1. Denise says:

    Fantastic photos! I love all of them, each one has its own particular beauty. Must have been lovely to see the deer amble by. Sometimes our own eyes and memory have to be the camera lens. Great quotes too.

  2. ‘Underfoot’ looked like a Christmas package. 🙂

  3. eM says:

    These photographs are relaxing, meditative, and the words you write (and borrow from others) are powerfully reflective.

    The Dalai Lama has written some words about obstacles—

    “The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well-being becomes. Cultivating a close, warm-hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. This helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the ultimate source of success in life.”

    I think of my own mind as my greatest obstacle. I practice training it.

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful photographs and your wisdom. It’s wonderful to sit back and relax at your blog.

  4. Loved reading your musings this morning, Robin. And that photo of “underfoot” is stunning. Hope you have a wonderful birthday Friday, just in case I’m out and about and don’t get to tell you! 🙂

  5. Chloe says:

    how incredible about the deer, a memory you’ll treasure
    stunning photographs, i wish i could come walk with you

  6. The only thing missing is a fairy in the third shot from the bottom, otherwise these shots are lovely :).

  7. Anna Surface says:

    Robin, what an inspirational and lovely post. Your photos are gorgeous and I love how you process them. I especially like “Horse stable at dawn”, “Underfoot”, and “Remains of an elm”. I certainly understand and resonate with your musings… and great quotes as well. Indeed… following heart and intuition.

  8. mobius faith says:

    Wonderful quotes. Especially love the “early this morning” and “growing and being” images. Fab work.

  9. Wonderful, wonderful photos and thoughts…
    I’d give anything for a few more quiet, reflective moments about now…

  10. aFrankAngle says:

    Miss a day, miss a lot! The second pic grabs my attention!!!!

  11. Way to keep chasing the light!! Nice work!

  12. Sallyann says:

    I smile everytime you use the “life, universe and everything” quote, so please don’t stop using it. 🙂
    In work I deal with a lot of high-value stuff and keep it locked away in a huge cage with a padlock. I need to carry the key to this cage with me all night, the keyring was numbered ’42’, there weren’t 42 keys, this was just the number on the keyring.
    😀 I used to smile to myself everytime I thought about carrying the key to life, the universe and everything around with me all night.
    Now they’ve changed the number to a much more sensible number 7, but I still smile because to me it will always be ’42’.

  13. Dana says:

    This post has my heart and soul jumping with excitement and anticipation, Robin. I’m not sure if you’ve fully articulated which life path/soul journey you plan to take yet, but the thought that you are choosing to trust your intuition and face your fear of success is thrilling to me! DO IT!!

    (I am at a similar point in my life right now and have finally put my foot down and decided not to open that What Can Go Wrong File. I’m going to take that proverbial leap of faith and just go for it.) Hooray for us! 🙂

  14. Robin says:

    Thank you so much, Dana. I’m excited, too. 😀 Hooray for us!

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