“…We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time…
…Through the unknown, unremembered gate When the last of earth left to discover Is that which was the beginning;
…At the source of the longest river The voice of the hidden waterfall…
…And the children in the apple-tree…
…Not known, because not looked for But heard, half-heard, in the stillness Between two waves of the sea…” ― from “Little Gidding” by T.S. Eliot
“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” ― Roald Dahl
“…Just think—no one has ever seen inside this peanut before!
It is hard being a person.
I do and don’t love you—isn’t that happiness?” ― from “One Boy Told Me” by Naomi Shihab Nye
New experiences occur with every breath, every heartbeat. Each present moment is new and not repeatable. The gift of being alive can be wrapped up in so many different ways. I love the idea of “Beginner’s Mind” – it makes a new experience of everything, allowing a fresh perspective. It is a worthy challenge to cultivate this break with habit and sameness and taking-for-granted. I really enjoy hanging out with young people and watching them discover and exclaim over so many things that I have been seeing with dull eyes. I look forward to volunteering as a Teaching Naturalist for some school field trips coming up this Spring.
Anne’s challenge this week has inspired a lot of exciting posts about travel and adventure, but it has inspired me to look at the exhilarating experience of finding joy in my local environs. With warming temperatures and emerging life, it’s a whole new world out there!
Wow Priscilla, what a beautiful post! Yes, every day brings us new experiences. I love your quotes and images.
Hi Priscilla. What lovely poems, thoughts, and photos! Your thoughts are so wise, too. I love children’s perspectives on life. They are so wise. Have a great week.
Thanks, Patti! 🙂
A marvelous take on the challenge Priscilla – your coming role as a Teaching Naturalist sounds amazing!
Thanks, Tina! Yeah, I love my time with the kids. They keep me feeling young and alive!
GREAT photos. Very innovative inter-twining with Eliot et al. Well done.
Beautiful post, Priscilla. As always a bit different from the ordinary. The Roald Dahl quote is one of my absolute favourites ever – I never miss an opportunity to use it! Or enjoy reading it!
Thanks, Ann-Christine! I love it when a great piece of writing comes my way and shapes my thoughts around a topic. I knew I could never go with the “world traveler” experience angle. I don’t have those photos!
Right on!!! Every day, every moment a new moment in time. I love the way you flowed through this one. Every morning is a reset, isn’t it?
A good friend of mine gave me a book on my birthday and said… “because I know you will do it”. It is a silly looking book, and called How to Be an Explorer of the World. It is more of a workbook and challenges you to notice, everything at any time. And while I am someone who enjoys exploration, the book took me further. In fact, on a car ride one day I was astounded by what I noticed. Kind of a long comment, sorry, lol but I love that you love and appreciate everything that comes your way. Always a pleasure, Priscilla.
You will be a welcome addition to the schools.
The school kids help me keep my enthusiasm for lifelong learning!
Amen. They are so interested in the fun stuff, that many let go of as adults.
Aw, thanks, Donna! That workbook sounds great…I’ve always loved workbooks, even as a kid. I kind of feel like a Junior Ranger at a National Park in my everyday life. 🙂
I liked the seashore photo and the lupine leaves catching rainfall. Beautiful quotes as well!