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It seems a bit of an oxymoron have to work so hard at taking it easy, but I am having to do just that. Trying to find those thermals to drift upon. That downhill part of the hike, but any hiker will tell you the downhill portions are the killers.

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” Marie Curie

Don’t get me started on the search for the gift, that can be a real uphill hike.

Peace out….monos en theos ††† jasL

Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #870- Running the path


“When you find your path, you must ignore fear. You need to have the courage to risk mistakes. But once you are on that road… run, run, run, and don’t stop til you’ve reached its end.”
José N. Harris, MI VIDA: A Story of Faith, Hope and Love

giddy up…†…monos en theos…jim

Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #790 – Decisions Decisions Decisions!


“I can feel guilty about the past, apprehensive about the future, but only in the present can I act. The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.”

Abraham Maslow

All, the paths that there are to follow. Decisions Decisions Decisions…†…monos en theos

Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #756 – Ah green, such a cool relief!

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Perhaps I should rename to shades of green. Just one of the many inviting trails from the beauty of Waterloo Park in Denison TX.

There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,
The earth, and every common sight,
To me did seem
Appareled in celestial light,
The glory and the freshness of a dream.

Heaven lies about us in our infancy;
Shades of the prison-house begin to close
Upon the growing boy,
But he beholds the light, and whence it flows.
He sees it in his joy;

At length the man perceives it die away,
And fade into the light of common day.      Wordsworth

Wordsworth had such a way of putting the vision from his heart onto paper so it was never lost. A path we all should follow.

monos en theos…….jim


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While I have felt that I am on a constant search for the right road, that narrow path. I at times feel that I stray and wander.

I some how found  peace in observing the detail of the paths of the veins of life in this leaf. No matter how many turns you take, you can always find your way to the main path. So go ahead, take that turn, you can always make it back.

“…narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it”    Matthew 7:13-14

keep searching, all who wander are not lost!   monos en theos ††† jim


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“All my life affection has been showered upon me, and every forward step I have made has been taken in spite of it.”
George Bernard Shaw

I started looking for some powerful words to go with this weak image. I got lost in cyber-world for too much time reading all the motivation words that have been written about taking the first or next step.  BrainyQuote alone had  32 pages full of quotes & sayings. Somehow this gave me some comfort. I must not be the only one that needs encouragement for taking the next step.

I am not sure why I even like this image but it just seems to be the view I see a lot of the time. My problem has never been taking the next step, but to find the right direction.

Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/step.html#rCgIKV9EllfUL8Fu.99

All who wander are not lost. ††† en theos † jim



Although she cannot hear a sound, Grace never has a problem knowing which path to follow. As a human, with all my senses intact (well some would question that) I have the hardest time finding the path that my heart wants and needs to follow. I listen to my head all too often. Most often planing my direction by logic and reason. My heart gets lost.

Today I had the most synchronistic morning reading from Melody Beattie.  It cried out to the reasoning of why I have such a hard time finding that seemingly illusive narrow road.

Trust Your Heart

“For so long, you relied on your head. Now it’s time to make the shift— the great leap into your heart. Are you beginning to see how your head gets in the way? How it creates so much noise? The chatter, the limited vision, the fear? Are you beginning to see how what you’ve relied on— your intellect, your assessments, and sometimes your logic— has complicated your life? It isn’t the head that sees clearly, nor does the head always see with love. Often, it sees with eyes of fear. The heart sees clearly. It balances the mind and emotions. It takes what’s real and processes it into truth, then into action. It takes into account all that needs to be done, then draws a map, an itinerary, for how to accomplish that. Yes, you say, but my head does that too. And then I don’t need to feel… Your heart can do it better because it maps the way in love. Learn to listen to your inner voice. Listen to your heart. It’s your connection to God, to people, to the universe, and to yourself.”

Beattie, Melody (2013-04-30). Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul (Kindle Locations 104-113). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

Ask,seek,knock….en theos ††† jim


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“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”
Henry David Thoreau

The path may seem long and there will be turns, but it will lead you to the right place. ††† en theos †††jimwork


IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #601 – Don’t look too far down the path, it gets narrower!

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As if following the narrow path were not hard enough, did you ever notice that the further ahead you look, it only appears narrower?

Stay in the moment, the path will be as wide as it needs to be.  peace out ††† en theos ††† jimwork



IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #587 – Somedays, no matters what is around you, it is just an uphill walk

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The surroundings and the environment can be so bright and the colors so full of life. Yet our walk remains uphill and we feel we are on the wrong street. It can be a very pretty road, but if it isn’t the road you want to be on, it is just a struggle.

One step at a time brother, one step at a time. † en theos † jimwork