stand there

DON’T JUST DO SOMETHING. STAND THERE.

Mo looking at half dome
From my road trip archives: My friend Monica gazing at Half Dome in Yosemite NP after we hiked 4.5 miles up to Glacier Point; since it was past Nov. 1st, the access road was closed for the season, and the only way for us to gain this incredible vantage point was by foot.
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4 Comments

  1. That is absolutely breathtaking! I love the quote as well, that is one of my favorite things about living by bike-I can’t rush around from place to place. I am learning to live a calmer life, biking gives me time to think, pray and have a place just “to be”. Great reminder, thank you 😀

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    1. Yes, I bet the biking lifestyle sure does help contribute to this mindset of just being present! – or “mindfulness,” as some more contemplative traditions would call it. I came across this quote yesterday in the book “Two-Part Invention” by Madeleine L’Engle, who said that a friend of hers had a coffee mug w/ these words printed on it. (Incidentally, my friend who’s featured in this photo gave me a pretty sweet coffee mug that simply says “Breathe.” on it as a gift a few years ago.) This quote about just standing there also made me think of another that someone told my senior lit. seminar a few years back: “Remember, you are a Human BEING, not a Human Doing.” M.L’Engle’s philosophy, as far as I can tell from her writing, would certainly affirm this, too.

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