Ft. Walton Beach and Destin, Florida's Gulf Coast
"We need the tonic of the wilderness. The ocean, the mountains, the deserts, a wooded grove....all contain the Magic needed to restore pure radiant energy to a stressed soul. Mother Earth in all of her infinite compassion and strength has remarkable powers to restore vitality. Wash yourself in the pure water of the streams, put your bare feet on the good earth, fall asleep in the arms of an ancient tree. There is good medicine to be found in nature. It is long lasting and heals the soul." -Henry David Thoreau
We all flow from one fountian - Soul. All are expressions of one love. God does not appear, and flow out, only from narrow chinks and round bored wells here and there in favored races and places, but He flows in grand undivided currents, shoreless and boundless over creeds and forms and all kinds of civilizations and peoples and beasts, saturating and fountainizing all. - John Muir
On the inevitable changes in life:
One is constantly reminded of the infinite lavishness and fertility of Nature - inexhaustible abundance amid what seems enormous waste. And yet when we look into any of her operations that lie within reach of our minds, we learn that no particle of her material is wasted or worn out. It is eternally flowing from use to use, beauty to yet higher beauty; and we soon cease to lament waste and death, and rather rejoice and exult in the imperishable, unspendable wealth of the universe, and faithfully watch and wait the reappearance of everything that melts and fades and dies about us, feeling sure that its next appearance will be better and more beautiful than the last..
Even after all this time
The sun never says to the earth
'you owe me.'
Look what happens with a love like that ~ it lights up the whole sky
There are two ways to spread light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
- Edith Wharton
Look to this day!
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence
The Bliss of Growth,
The Glory of Action,
The Splendor of achievement;
For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision;
But today, well lived, makes every yesterday
A dream of happiness,
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day!
-"Kalidasa," ancient Sanskrit poem