Sunday, October 31, 2010

Building Self Confidence

hot springs, Yellowstone National Pk
The above is my tribute to Halloween night, when witches boil their brew, its bubbling sulfurous stench a warning to all who might venture near... Actually it's a picture I took on my recent road trip, a hot springs in Yellowstone, which didn't smell all that bad, thanks to a slight breeze blowing away from me.

Looking at it tonight reminds me of the day of departure, of feeling a little daunted, a little frightened even, about the prospect of the long drive ahead, of the many little decisions I would need to make, where to stay, which route to take, when to stop. Not consulting anybody else, taking into account only my own wishes, experiencing such solitude of being and arriving safely back home again after 4,000+ miles gave me a wonderful boost of self confidence, hopefully a dose that will last for some time to come!


  1. This is just one of many reasons why road trips are The Best!

    Halloween, or Samhain, is the witches New Year. At this time I thank the old year for its lessons (and this year there were many hard ones for me) and embrace what I learned. Then I welcome in the new year and the lessons it will have for me. It's a time of letting go and renewal for me, as is the calendar new year. I've never boiled anything in a cauldron, but sometimes I burn those lessons and give them to the universe.

    So Happy New Year, Peaceful Bird! May it bring you all you wish for and all you need.

  2. Seems like there is a great analogy in that story to the what you are experiencing in your life right now.

  3. Traveling solo can seem overwhelming, but there is a tremendous rush of accomplishment when you've completed the trip. You're right to feel proud of completing the journey...


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