Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Quotation for RVers and Life in General

I ran across great words of wisdom on the website "Pbase," where a LOT of photographers post and share their photos.  It is one of the best photo websites that I've ever found, especially for those that want to see what photos taken with a particular brand/model of camera look like.  The photographers there range from outright amateurs to very professional ones.

Anyway, while I don't remember which photographer had it in his area of Pbase, this quotation certainly applied as great knowledge for the RV'er as well as the photographer, many of us who are actually both.

“Watching the clock is not the same as watching a sunrise.”

While it is a definite reference for those who are REALLY living the RV lifestyle by actually getting to travel, even those of us who are still working or working towards that lifestyle can also appreciate the sentiment.

Think of it, when looking out across a panorama of beautiful landscape, or when necessary, across the skyline of a town or city, a sunrise seems to really give us some beautiful sights.

The very act of stopping and enjoying the beauty of a sunrise seems to give me a sense of peace, and upon further reflection, a sense of gratitude.

Peace, because when I stop to really watch a sunrise, not only do I see the brilliant or subtle hues of color, but there are also the sounds of nature around me. Even the birds seem to revel in the mornings with their songs. Unfortunately, the one sense that escapes me is the sense of smell. I don’t get to have the aroma of flowers and other shrubs and trees to accompany the vision in front of me.

Gratitude, because with my firm belief in God, I know that he has once again granted me a day in which to live and enjoy the wonders of his creation. Even with our current situation of still working, I feel blessed that I’ve had the opportunities of the past and the promises of the future. At least until he decides to call me Home.

As for going Home, with the beauty that we see here on Earth, imagine what beauty will be in store for us in Heaven. It is my sincere hope that my life is spent in helping to influence others with my belief in God and that He allows me more time to enjoy his creation and point it out to others that everything is because of him.

Every breath that I take is not one that I need to worry about making sure I do. My heart pumps life giving blood without me needing to remember to do that multiple times per minute. Our bodies are wondrous things of beauty as well in their complexity and ability.

Just look at the beauty that others can create in art, writing, music, and so many other realms. How is it that any mankind has that ability, but no other creatures do?

Thank you, God. Thanks for the sunrises and sunsets that provide us with a reminder of the beauty that is you.


Purgatoire River Campground; Colorado, 2000


Outside our back door; Tuttle, OK, 2011


Eleven Mile State Park, Colorado, 2008


Eleven Mile State Park, Colorado, 2008


Blue and Bear Lake Campground areas, Colorado 2008


Kansas home of relatives, 2009.  Even silhouettes of cats in trees have beauty, and poles and high line wires don’t distract from the overall beauty.

1 comment:

  1. Terry,
    Well said. Your words are timely for me today.

    We spent part of today at Point Park on top of Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, TN. As I looked over the city and the surrounding country, I could only think of the Battles for Chattanooga, (November 23–25, 1863) where Union Major General Ulysses S. Grant defeated Confederate General Braxton Bragg. It is beautiful place and serves as a reminder of our nations past.

    Along one of the trails, I photographed a small plant rooted in the rock. It reminded me of persistence. Once again, God's creativity is shown in this plant and how it clings so preciously to the rock.

    Neither of these examples are related to the grandeur of a sunset, it does remind me that God is sovereign in all things.

    Thank you my friend.


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