Friday, November 28, 2014

the map of my life













The map of my life would look something like this:
favorite place #1, where I was first introduced to the mesa so many years ago
favorite place #2, where I camp under the pinon tree and greet the sunrise
favorite place #3, where I continue to learn and explore
the dog canyons
the nautilus
the pendant mound.
I have names for all the places on the mesa. And someday, I'll draw a map. Like a cartographer from another time, I'll create an illustrated map of my life, complete with the names I've bestowed on the places I love. I will hang the map on my wall. I will carry it in my heart.

Where does the map in your soul lead?

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  1. Over verdant, rolling hills and pastures. Under wise old oaks and through forgotten apple orchards. Into cool valleys with talkative, shining spring fed streams, in the company of deer, rabbit, coyote and owl.
    Ahhh, I needed the deep breath this post brought.
    xx

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    1. And a beautiful map it is....the places you love. I can almost touch the bark of the wise old oak, feel the grass beneath my feet, see the deer pause beside the stream. Thank you for that brief journey into your world. xx

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  2. It's no surprise, I'm all over the map!! Just when I think my heart is in the desert, I spend the night in the mountains and I never want to come down! I can see myself always in a prairie, kneeling in sage and rabbit brush, under a big blue sky and then dream all night of crashing waves on the central coast.
    Oh, where oh where will this untamed wild child end up? Maybe I'll create my map, hang it on the wall, close my eyes and throw a dart!
    Love the map, so close to your heart. It's where you thrive! :)

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    1. The world is your oyster, woman!! And you do love it all, from the mountains to the coast and everything in between. When the wind speaks, you listen. You travel, you explore. That is what I love about you!! xx

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  3. you map. so perfect.
    it was just what i needed this morning, cup of tea in hand, following you on this journey.

    xx

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    1. The map, the tea, the untraveled road. So glad you are along for the journey. xx

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  4. Thanks for continuing to share such thought provoking posts that are rich in detail.
    I love how your words and photos paint such a vivid picture for us, of the landscape but also of who you are.
    Just beautiful Julie, you've got me thinking about what would be on my map. Definitely it would largely figure around where l grew up as a child...........towering eucalypts, waving in the breeze. Long grass rustling as you walk. Bounding kangaroos. Cicadas at night. Sandstone outcrops, winding creeks with sandy bottoms...............

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    1. Now that sounds like the perfect map.....long grass, tall trees, and kangaroos!
      Interesting how we choose the places that are so familiar to us. That's where our hearts are, where we hope to always return. xx

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