Yes, it is February, and looking down the steep slope of the new year, a new pair of skis would be welcome right now.  Any skis, figurative or otherwise!  With this blog wallowing for too long, I’m determined to forge ahead and carve a new trail into my imagined snowy wintertime, and leave an imprint of the path traveled.  A path that may melt away come springtime, but mud or dirt, I’ll take that trail and record something of it here.

A handful of things* to keep in mind and practice down the hill:

Skis on.

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Re-visit favorite places.  Sit awhile.

Pole plant right.

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Pay attention to the light.

Pole plant left.

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Keep watching.

Lean right, lean left.

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Look up.

Look ahead.

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Stick together!

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Mark the seasons.

Glide.  Push.  Glide.

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Recognize the fruit of good work.  Be grateful!  Eat ripe fruit.  Share fruit.  Don’t waste it!

Turn, turn, turn.

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Know your neighbors, or get to know them.  (These lemons and tomatoes came from our neighbors!)

If you fall, brush off, pick yourself up, and go again.

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Find the balance.  Keep building, block by block.

Find your balance.

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Find independent, like-minded friends.  Spend time with them.  (Can you see those crows!?)

Keep smiling.  Hum to yourself.  Skiing is fun!

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Know yourself.  Be yourself.

Relax.  Sit on the lift for awhile.

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See the road for what it is.  Wide open spaces.  Cracks.  Horizons.  Signposts.  Take a road trip.

Take a new trail, from the top again.

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Pay attention, keep looking for treasures!   They are all around.   Enjoy life and live it.

Find a jump and take it.  Ski into the trees just a little. 

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Try something new.  Wade in a new river.  Or jump in!

Be brave when it gets steep.  There is more than one way down a mountain.

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Stay warm.

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Follow the trail.

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Be patient.

Skiing takes practice.

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Stay in touch with the people you care about.  If not in person, call, send a note, or maybe even blog a little!  Because the kids grow up too fast.

Just getting to the mountains is good for the soul.    Even if you don’t ski.  Ski in your mind.

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*  A first attempt at getting back to a blog-writing rhythm, just a smattering of photos from 2013-2014 to keep me on track.

Best wishes for 2014!

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