Weekly Photo Challenge: Horizon

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.–Dale Carnegie

  • These snapshots of the horizon give us idyllic visions of a somewhat magical place in the distance.  It’s the land of rainbows, dramatic skies, and fiery sunsets which promise to give us a pot of gold or a glorious tomorrow.  (Click on any of the images above to enter the gallery.) But no matter how hard we try, we can never reach that land which retreats with every advancing step.

    As Dale Carnegie reminds us, simply focusing on the horizon is counterproductive because it can prevent us from living now, in the moment.  This  is especially true when we are facing challenges which test our resolve, our strength, our courage.

    This month, as I go through radiation treatments, my challenge has been to live in the present, push aside fears, frustrations, and envy for those who are living what appears to be an idyllic life, insulated from adversity, and live in the present.  But in truth, we all only have today.  The way we spend our time in the next  few hours may or may not help us reach lofty goals–such as writing a book or completing a marathon–but our actions may give us a sense of satisfaction and purpose and joy that will stay with us through the day or perhaps even longer.

Alright.  So what am I going to do with  my today?  Take a walk outside with my camera and capture the swirl of autumn leaves across a dirt road and the cluster of clouds in the autumn sky.  And what are you doing to do?  Please share!  And enjoy your “today.”

Click below to see other horizon “collections” from fellow Word Press bloggers:

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  1. Wonderful photos! I think a lot of us then to not see today for what we hope is ahead…that perfect time. So true that we need to enjoy each moment of the now.
    Sending you positive thoughts for getting through your radiation treatments with as much ease as possible. And sending you a hug too 🙂

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    • Thanks so much, Angeline–for your kind words and the hug! Yes, I think many of us see the present as a means to get to the future and what we desire but we forget to appreciate the “here and now.” Children are born with an appreciation for the present moment. Animals have it too. But as adults, we sometimes live in a netherworld…between the present and someday. Sad–isn’t it?

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  2. Hi Pat, Did read your book this summer and enjoyed it. Heard that you HAD Breast Cancer and you are undergoing radiation.We wish you the best and let a smile come to your face when i tell you that I also HAD Breast Cancer in 1969 with 3 of 29 nodes involved And obviously am alive and kicking. Hope you are doing well ,Deb told us she saw you. Stay well be positive and regards to Richard. Love Joan, Marvin says hello also.

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