Friday, February 24, 2017

"Outward Bound Encouragements..."

Having mused these many years here, there are times when I've included phrases a number of occasions over. 
One in particular many of you have commented about echoes with the words, and the metaphors reflecting: "Further, farther, onward, upward, and inward as well".
I describe such phrases as echoes, as they are not really mine, but potent words, within powerful memories from out on Outward Bound courses. 
Every time, each moment, one of our Leaders shared such an encouragement, it resonated and resounded greatly with all of us. 
They often only used a few simple words, then began inviting and allowing for us to find our own meanings for them amidst our experiences out there.
"A little longer", they would say, "A bit further", they said, and then too, "A touch farther", "Onwards", and "Upwards".
Then so quietly, "Inwards" too, they would gently invite us to gaze.
The passing forward of such echoes, are encouraging gifts given many, many, times over..... DSD 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

"Even One Word..."

"One word of encouragement,
can be enough,
to spark someone's motivation to continue,
with a difficult challenge...".
R.T. Bennett

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

"Never Too Late My Friends..."

"Come friends.
It's not too late,
to seek a newer world...".
Alfred Tennyson

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

"Heartfelt Reflections..."

"Your vision,
will become clear,
only when you can look, 
into your own heart...".
Carl Jung

"A Thankful Heart..."

"A thankful heart,
is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all other virtues...".

Monday, February 13, 2017

"Every Day..."

"Write it on your heart.
That every day, is the best day,
of the year...".
R.W. Emerson

Sunday, February 12, 2017

"Your Mountain's Heart..."

"I wait for the light and the mountain to show the way... I dig my way through pink dolomite, imagining in each a clear rock. Each stone that pulls free under my grasp shows more broken layers. What if I were to scrape them all away? Would I get to the heart of the mountain. Where there is no weathering and no cracks... Would I reveal the crystal core...".  J. Auld

Saturday, February 11, 2017

"A Little Secret..."

"Now I see the secret of making the best persons.
It is to grow them in the open air,
and to eat and sleep,
with the earth...".
Walt Whitman

Thursday, February 09, 2017

"Keep Going..."

"The heights by great men reached,
and kept,
were not attained in sudden flight,
while their companions slept,
they were toiling upwards in the night...".
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

"Being A Reason..."

"Be the reason someone smiles.
Be the reason someone feels loved.
Be the reason they believe in the goodness in people...".
R.T. Bennett

Monday, February 06, 2017

"It's All About The Smiles..."

"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile.
But many times your smile can be the source of your joy...".
Thich Nhat Hanh

Sunday, February 05, 2017

"Adventurous Appreciations..."

makes immortal,
all that is best and beautiful.
It also exalts the true beauty of that which is beautiful.
It strips the veil of familiarity,
from the world,
and lays bare and naked sleeping beauty,
which is in the spirit of the forms of appreciation..."
P.B. Shelley

Saturday, February 04, 2017

"Your Wonderful images!"

Thank you once more my Friends for allowing your so wonderful inspiring images to be shared here!
My intention with including such images & pictures of beauty and awe, is in support of all the links on my blog under 'Giving Back & Passing Forward'. 
There will never be anything commercial about these musings. 
I have always acknowledged that the vast majority of the images shared here were not created by me, as I am not talented in that way. Many have been sent to me or have been suggestions provided by fellow adventurers, so I am unable many times to give specific acknowledgements unfortunately. In my enthusiasm about your artistry I can also be forgetful when saving them, to record their origin at that time.
If I can make amends for this it will always occur as best I can right when such images are posted. 
I promise that I will also certainly acknowledge others work if you let me know as well, and then I will immediately attribute creative efforts where they clearly belong. 
It is with deep appreciation that your sharing images in this way is felt in support of those who are Adventuring For Another Reason . My whole adventure blog speaks to these initiatives.
You have such amazing pictures, and resonating metaphors within them, reflecting these links who give back and pass forward with their ongoing enduring efforts. 
Please forgive my grey haired forgetfulness in not always following proper internet protocol when it comes to such things. I am a late bloomer in the blogging and social media worlds.
Please also accept my sincere gratitude for your sharing and understanding in allowing for such support of the links here.
Thank you all so very, very much!      DSD      

My sincere appreciation to Barry Taylor of Hiking With Barry for sharing the image above by Jen Judd with all of its' inherent meaning

"The First Passion..."

is in great and generous minds,
the first passion and the last...".
S. Johnson

Friday, February 03, 2017

"Ask The Animals..."

Grey Wolf said, "If you could be an animal, what animal would you be? Answering that question creates a powerful personal metaphor."

Thursday, February 02, 2017

"Always Ask..."

"When I was young, very young, I remember reading a book, sadly now lost, that told the story of a rather strange old man who lived at the top of a particularly high mountain. This man knew all the answers to all the questions; all you had to do was climb the mountain and ask him. I always wanted to find the old man before I grew too old myself and ask him my own questions...".  N. Shulman

Wednesday, February 01, 2017


"The wilderness. 
Holds answers to more questions than we have yet learned to ask...".   N. Newhall