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Aspen of Yankee Boy Basin, San Juan Mountains, CO


“I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately, I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, To put to rout all that was not life and not when I had come to die Discover that I had not lived.” - Henry David Thoreau -



I’ve had this quote posted on my desk for the past year.  It is how I live my life.  I’ve come to be at peace with who I am, but it isn’t always comfortable with others in my life, I’ve learned.  For most people, too much intensity isn’t always a good thing.  Too much honesty, openness, passion might be momentarily refreshing and inspiring, but one cannot absorb that on a continual basis.  Like a thickly wooded forest, too much at once takes one’s breath away at first glance, but might be better appreciated a tree at a time for most people.  Balancing sharing insights with when to remain silent, allowing a person the honor of discovering for themselves should be like a soft footed walk through the woods.  Me?  I seem to be able to feel at home being overwhelmed by the immensity and grandeur of things larger than myself.  Towering forests, majestic daunting mountains, expansive unfathomable skies, people of many contradictions and depth, and the balance of an insatiable curiosity and lust for knowledge balanced with the notion of enjoyment in not knowing everything. 



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