starting where i am on an autumn evening

Monday, October 14:  This evening we take a walk through one of the many trails in our neighborhood.

After my weekend away in Monterey, VA, where I’ve had some time to think and talk with Annette of The Beauty Along the Road, who has been a therapist and had training in life-coaching, I think I need to start where I am, here and now, and begin to make some changes in my life.

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“If someone comes along and shoots an arrow into your heart, it’s fruitless to stand there and yell at the person. It would be much better to turn your attention to the fact that there’s an arrow in your heart…”
Pema Chödrön, Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living

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one of many trails in my neighborhood

Besides the peace of mind I’m now starting to feel as I think about possible change in my life, I’m rewarded by a plethora of ferns, mosses, pretty leaves, and fungi.  Here’s a sample of the little gifts I find along the way.

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leaves promising change
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scales of fungi
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fungi
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more fungi
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the stream bed
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ferns, moss and bark
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a sprinkle of wildflowers
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holly & fungi
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half-funnels of fungi
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moss, fern and bark
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tree knot
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orange mushrooms
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mushrooms
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more orange mushrooms
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tinges of red on the leaves
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orange fungi
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fan-shaped orange fungi
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beautiful nature
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layers of fungi
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mist-colored trail
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“The gift of willingness is the only thing that stands between the quiet desperation of a disingenuous life and the actualization of unexpressed potential.”
Jim McDonald, Who Would I Be Without: Based on a True Story of a Little Willingness

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20 thoughts on “starting where i am on an autumn evening

  1. wow! your fungi are fabulous … they are inspiring the way most of their growth is hidden, then the fruiting body appears so dramatically … such beauty and brilliance in the softness of the wood 🙂

      1. Good question. 🙂 Sometimes people wait for something to happen to start (“I’ll do such-and-such after I ____”), and seems to me that’s waiting to start in the future rather than starting where one’s at. I used to do that with losing weight (“I’ll get a bike after I lose weight,” and other things of that nature).

      2. You’re so right about that, Robin. I’ve been the queen of procrastination in the past. I’m trying to just get right on projects where I can at this moment. We’ll see how that works!

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