something to hold on to

by michelle on November 19, 2011

I subscribe to The Ripples Project, which emails weekly quotes every Monday. The gist is, 1) you can read the message in 60 seconds, and 2) it will brighten your day.

However, when this week’s message arrived I couldn’t have been more irritated. Standing on some pretty craggy ground, the following did not sit well:

Don’t worry so much
about the rough times.
Just remember,
you could never reach
the top of a mountain
if the sides were smooth.
-unknown, submitted by Samantha in Oklahoma

Aggravated rather than reassured, I went on one of my walks¬†where I noticed this tree….

My callousness softened.

I touched the deep grooves of the tree.

A squirrel was flitting on a branch.

And amid the rough terrain, the protective pockets were providing shelter and safety.

So, bumpy, rocky, rugged path… I guess at least there is something to hold on to.

Here we go.


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Kelley November 20, 2011 at 11:10 am

Oh yeah, I love it! I think the Monday quote is great and I’m so glad you connected to it in a way that brought you some reflection and thought. I miss you…I really do! Despite what my yoga attendance might reflect. Loves! XO


Cassidy Castleman November 23, 2011 at 4:26 pm

This really is wonderful Michelle! Mother Nature has so many universal truths to teach us if we can just slow down and “waste” enough time to learn. I love the picture of the snail, and most of all I love wasting time- with you!!!


Geanette November 29, 2011 at 12:10 pm

This quote was so comforting to me today. Thank you. XOXO


Dave November 30, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Cork oak! Many of them on the UCD campus. Some downtown on R street near 7th and 8th streets too. LOVE THEM!! Used to plant their acorns, but I never had a large enough pot to sustain them for long. It’s hard as a renter too because I really want to put them in the ground. Thought I’d send out a more literal comment. :) Thanks for the quote and pics Michelle. I’m still around and will be coming back at some point. We have an 8-week old baby girl now who’s taking up A LOT of our time.



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