The 3 Day Quote Challenge – Day 2

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Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most. – Buddha

Laura Bruno Lilly, nominated me for The 3 Day Quote Challenge. Thank you for the nomination, I feel honored. This is day two in the challenge. I’m taking you straight from the adrenaline pumping action at the rodeo in yesterday’s post, to the peaceful setting of my own back yard. I have never been a party girl. Home, wherever that is, is always more appealing to me. The outdoor part more important, than then indoor. I like keeping both spaces simple, clean, and inviting in a minimalistic kind of way. I live by the rule, less is more, but LOVE to surround myself with beauty.

The best way to capture moments is to pay attention. This is how we cultivate mindfulness. Mindfulness means being awake. It means knowing what you are doing.

– Jon Kabat-Zinn

I can not take credit for these beautiful roses, since I recently moved, and I did not plant them. My little sister was the one who knew everything about flowers. That was her thing. Vegetables, and fruit was my thing. Unfortunately she’s a few thousand miles away, and can’t help me now. I’m just going to do my best to not kill the existing flowers in my garden (except the ones I had cut down..I guess..)

In the end, just three things matter: How well we have lived. How well we have loved. How well we have learned to let go. – Jack Kornfield

 

The rules for the challenge are:

– Thank the person who nominated you
– Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day.
I guess I kind of slightly bend, the 1 quote a day rule. I’ve never been good at following rules.)
– Share why this quote appeals to you so much
– Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day

 

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Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.

– Sylvia Boorstein

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In this moment, there is plenty of time. In this moment, you are precisely as you should be. In this moment, there is infinite possibility. – Victoria Moran

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When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you. – Lao Tzu

I like starting, and ending each day with my eyes closed, meditating for a brief moment about all the things I have to be grateful for. I encourage my 5 year old to do the same. It helps me to realize that I have everything I need, and to appreciate it more. I believe that being happy is a choice. My mother taught me that. Not that she ever told me those words, but she lived them (while the cancer slowly ate her alive.) It took me a while for that lesson to sink in.

 My three nominees for the quote challenge today is;

Andy, from City Jackdaw.

My friend Colline.

And Aya, from Weekend Campervanning.

Looking forward to seeing their entries!

 

 

Love,

Ms Zen

The 3 Day Quote Challenge – Day 1

Laura Bruno Lilly, nominated me for The 3 Day Quote Challenge. Thank you for the nomination, I feel honored. I think one of the few things that can make a photograph stand out, is if it’s paired with a lovely quote, or story, that makes me feel even more emotions than the photo alone.  This is the first day of the challenge for me. I’m imagining sharing different kind of photos each day, to be able to enjoy different types of quotes. Today I’m going to share some action filled photos from the rodeo I went to a couple weekends ago. The rules for the challenge are:

– Thank the person who nominated you
– Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
– Share why this quote appeals to you so much
– Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day

 

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Rodeo careers can end without warning, as quick as the next try at an eight-second ride.

– John Branch

I figure this might be a good quote to get you introduced to the rodeo with, if going to the rodeo isn’t your regular choice of entertainment in the weekends. In bronc riding, like the photos in this post, (and bull riding,) the goal is to stay on the horse (or bull, in bull riding,) for 8 seconds. After 8 seconds an alarm goes of, and if you managed to stay on for 8 seconds, the ride get scored by a team of judges. 8 seconds is a very long time when on a violently bucking horse, or bull.  If you fall off before the alarm rings, you don’t get any points at all.

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If you’re lucky enough to draw a good horse, you still have to ride him, then the next ones. So It’s probably 80 percent luck and 20 percent skill.

– Chris LeDoux
The score the riders get, is based on how they ride the bucks. Some horses bucks more violently, twists, turns, and make it really difficult for the rider. A good rider wants a horse like that, it means that he has a chance to take first place (more price money.) A horse that doesn’t buck furiously, don’t give you much points. In fact, if the horse is to lame in its bucking, you get to do a re-ride, on another horse. Many of these cowboys are living of their winnings, so it’s more than just a game for them.
Sometimes a hard day’s work is easier than a lot of things you can meet in life.

– Chris LeDoux

Chris LeDoux, in the quotes above, is one of my favorite artists. Along with Johnny Cash, he is probably the one artist I listen the most to. If I’m making dinner in the kitchen, editing photos, or drive somewhere, you can bet either Johnny, or Chris keeps me company. Chris LeDoux was first famous for being a hard to beat cowboy, an excellent bronc, and bull rider, before becoming an artist. At the time of his death in 2005, he’d produced 36 music albums.
Some guys work 125 to 130 rodeos a year. They’re just goin’ all the time.
– Chris LeDoux
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Don’t be afraid to go after what you want to do, and what you want to be. But don’t be afraid to be willing to pay the price.
– Lane Frost (Lane died in an accident, back in 1989. Being charged by a bull, just after completing his 8 second ride..)
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It’s a good thing you got bucked off. If you’d stayed on any longer, you might have been hurt. – Unknown
Imagine the life of an old time cowboy. Getting up before first light. It’s freezing cold outside. There’s animals to feed, young horses to train, fences to mend, stray cows to locate in the wilderness. When the cold give away for the first rays of light, it gets scorching hot. There’s no shade in sight, but you hear plenty of rattle snakes, that you need to watch out for. You’re not even halfway through your work day, but it feels like your back is going to break in two. Daylight starts to fade, and you haven’t even had one conversation with another human being.
The concept of rodeos, where cowboys (in the beginning it was only men/boys,) come together to show their skill in different ranch related events, makes sense when you think of what kind of lives these men most likely lived. This was long before the time of internet, and probably even before we drove cars/trucks to visit our friends, and travel the world. Most of these hard working cowboys likely lived, and worked their whole life on a secluded ranch, in the middle of nowhere. I personally know what that’s like, after working a couple years in Nevada’s desert, but I could drive in to town at least once a week, and I did communicate via the internet with my friends every day. The kind of solitude that this kind of life offers, becomes so much more manageable when you’re able to get together with other people from time to time. After all it’s not all that glamorous to get up before first light every day, feeding and caring for animals until it feels that you back is going to break in two, I can understand that it would feel awesome to get some credit for your hard earned skills, a couple times a year. Something that perhaps made the young cowboys work a little harder.
I admit that before understanding the history, and tradition behind rodeos, I didn’t understand why anyone would put themselves in this kind of danger. I still would never do it, but I definitely feel the thrill every time I go to a rodeo. There’s a lot of pride and tradition behind each event.
There’s a big difference between me and a real, legitimate working hand, or a world-champion rodeo cowboy. I play ’em, and I aspire to be like that, but those guys are tough.
– Luke Perry
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No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.

– Winston Churchill

I have this famous Winston Churchill quote on a wooden sign, currently placed in my kitchen. I saw the wooden sign in a little country store, while walking around aimlessly, feeling sorry for myself for all the time I’ve wasted in a marriage that wasn’t meant to be. It sort of reminds me how horses makes me feel, no matter what the world around me is doing. Seeing that quote at the right time, when I really needed it, was a sign for me to take responsibility for my own life, and happiness. I’ve taken that quote with me on my travels, and I try to always put it where I can see it. No one have ever commented on the wooden sign, but for me, it means something.

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My rodeo photos are available as prints in my online gallery, just click on a photo that inspire you, and it will take you to my gallery.

My three nominees for the first day of this quote challenge is;

Jane, from Jane Lurie Photography . Simply because no-one master matching amazing images, with inspiring quotes, like Jane.

Eliza, from Eliza Waters. I never grow tired of watching her beautiful nature imagery.

My third nominee is Diana Prastka Stuckey, who’s positive, encouraging stories I want more of!

I hope you will accept the challenge! I can’t wait to see what you come up with 🙂

 

 

Love,

Ms Zen

 

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