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I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
John Burroughs

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I have spent hours on our lake waters the past three years…and each year I am amazed by the changes of the landscape and the wildlife that find a home within.  However…. …Where are all the ducks, geese, small wading birds and muskrat???   Why would there be many one year and almost none  the next???

The only thing that comes to mind is the differing water levels each year.  This year the lake water were extremely high…and moving too fast….could that be the reason???

Was there no place for nesting to take place??   I miss  watching the young grow up…and looking forward to finding them each time I  visit the lake.

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 However…the  Turtles…the beautiful painted turtles seem to be a constant in the landscape…everyday around 10 am.

I love to float beside them …near the reeds…as they  hug a piece of driftwood and raise the heads toward the sun in unison, is always a special moment.

thCAXRF6AP For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for  everything you gain, you lose something else.

Ralph  Waldo Emerson

Yes…I am missing something this summer…. the creatures …however…I have  spent more time observing the trees and the plants as they grow and change during the summer…more than ever before.  I have observed the changing of the shores…how the rain , sun and wind affect the growth, in and around the waters edge… how the water surface explodes some days with new growth…and how it can  visually change from being glasslike in one spot yet  choppy with waves in another.

Ahhhh…change.  Mother Nature seems to embrace it and accept the consequences .

Now…if only I could be as flexible as she.

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“I’m drawn to places that beguile and inspire, sedate and stir, places where, for a few blissful moments I loosen my death grip on life, and can breathe again. It turns out these destinations have a name:

thin places.”

 Eric Weiner

It was not until a few years ago , when my sister told me about her thin place,…that  I first heard this term.

 She shared with me…a favorite beach she likes to spend time at….where wild horses can be seen running on  the sand… a location she called her thin place.

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I immediately  wondered….what is it that makes a place… thin….how does a person know if they have  ever been ….to a thin place??

Is it a place where the… spiritual…the physical ….the mental….and the natural….have  a fine line between them?..

when they are indistinguishable from one another???

Is a thin place….an actual physical location???…or is it a state of mind???

Some have said that a Thin Place… cannot be described with words.

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So that got me to wondering….have I ever found myself in a thin place?

…the first thing that came to mind was…

my kayak… paddling all alone…. on the lake or down the creek in my kayak…

Yes…I do believe that is MY thin place.

A place where I can be alone but never feel  alone….where my mind can breath and my body relax… where life as it is ….seems to disappear.

Perhaps that is why I look so forward to the end of a long cold Canadian winter… a chance to once again….return to that place…my Thin Place.

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Have you ever been there?

Have you found your….

Thin Place???

Yes…only one life….that is all we are allowed….all we are given to make use of ….

….ours to use in what ever way we want….

There are no reruns….no chances to do it over again…to do it better or different…THIS IS IT !!!

You must have control of the authorship of your own destiny.  The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand.  ~Irene C. Kassorla

Are you holding the pen that is writing your story…your life???….Are you in control of your own destiny???….As the hours tick..tick…tick …away….hours that belong to only you…are you happy in how they are passing????

I must admit…until breast cancer became a part of my life….I don’t think I really thought about it too much…My life was so busy I never had time to stop and reflect…to really think about it….But when your life is in jeopardy…when you are not sure if you have much of  it left to live…there comes a strange awakening…an Epiphany of sorts…. which made me suddenly  feel my time was more important than ever before…and…there came a feeling of ownership of the future hours left in my life….I now felt that ..as long as I did not impose on …or negatively affect anyone else….I was going to  spend my time as I really wanted….without feeling guilty….If I wanted to watch TV for hours???…why not…after all …it is my time to spend !!…or…like now…kayaking…if I want to be …out on the lake every morning….and spend my hours that way…I will.

It has  taught me how important  time is….it has also taught me that….my time is no more important than yours…and vise versa….I believe that our minutes are  precious….they are ours to use as we wish….To  waste another person’s time… is a travesty …a crime….Each of our life’s time is limited…and…we cannot retrieve it once it is gone….we can only use it…enjoy it…No one should be allowed to steal any of it from us.

I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I’ve written for myself,

and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part. 

~Shirley MacLaine

What kind of play have your written for yourself …so far????

 

 

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