Wayzata, Minnesota

Monday, June 11, 2018

Does Anybody Really Know

Did you catch the rainbow?

Does anyone really know how to find
the Cheshire Cat from Wonderland?

Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, who was sitting in a tree,
 "What road do I take?"

'It doesn't really matter which way you go,' said the cat 
'so long as I get somewhere,' Alice added

Does Anybody Really Know 
what troubles some,
 while others breeze on through life?
How do they do it?

Lately it's felt like we're left with so many questions, realizing there may never be any answers.

After the recent loss of Anthony Bourdain
and Kate Spade a friend of mine offered this quote.

"But pain's like water. It finds a way to push through any seal.
There's no way to stop it.
Sometimes you have to let yourself sink 
inside of it before you can learn to swim to the surface."
Katie Kacvinsky

"Be like a duck. 
Calm on the surface but always
paddling like the dickens underneath."
Michael Caine

"Context and memory play powerful roles
in all the truly great meals of one's life."
Anthony Bourdain

There's something calming about a camper's breakfast, under the trees and among the birds.

Always enjoy those little precious moments
because you'll miss them most when they're gone.

You need to be content with small steps.


That's all life is.

and of course that moment you bite into a delicious sugar cookie!

Gather as many small steps as you can, that you take every day

so that when you look back down the road

You are starstruck! 

and you're better with every single step you took.

It all adds up and you know you've covered the distance.
Feeding your soul.

Find your calming presence.

Take a deep breath
get present in the moment
and ask yourself
What is important this very second?


"If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."
Mother Teresa

Togetherness.Our travels or journeys within our days, even if it's short, are ours to enjoy.
  "Travel changes you. 
As you move through this life and this world
you change things slightly,
you leave marks behind,
however small.
And in return, life and travel, leaves a mark on you."
Anthony Bourdain

Always, stack up those marks!

Wear your smile as wide as you can
and give away as many as you can.

Thanks for stopping by and bringing your smiles to me.
Take good care of you.


sage said...

the thing I like best about breakfast in camp is perked coffee (except for when I backpack, I always carry a coffee pot!)

eileeninmd said...

Hello, love all the photos. Your little dancer is a cutie, wonderful photos of the family. It was sad to learn about Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. You never know what others are going through in their lives. Enjoy all those moments. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week!

Sandi said...

Cafe Bustelo and happy pictures... thank you! :-)

RedPat said...

A wonderful post, Karen. I was really saddened by the death of Anthony Bourdain. You really don't know what is going on with people.

Elephant's Child said...

Thank you for the smiles, the beauty, the wisdom.

Debbie said...

i saw the rainbow and such sweet, happy children!! i always enjoy your posts, they are colorful and happy.

sad news about kate and anthony, 2 people who "seemed" to have it all, you just never know!!

keep smiling!!

Vandana Sharma said...

the little thing of life give that joy, which adds on to the beautiful memories to cherish forever............

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Lovely post Karen. Such a sad week, you are right.. we need to become more aware of.. everything ✨

Cloudia said...

Photos as wonderful as your wise words.

Wise words as wonderful as your Photos

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Too many questions slogs down my little brain

(yes...I saw it)

humbird said...

Hi Karen, your story and photos, breakfast outside and travel reminded my days traveling with family... You are my neighbor, would it be cool to meet someday? Cheers!

Karen S. said...

Yes I think we are neighbors, well kind of. Meeting up someday would be fun.