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DISCARDED BOTTLE CAPS

Rusty bottle top

While I’ve been enjoying my ice-o-lation in Paradise I have been into photographing bottle caps.

Green bottle top
Rusty bottle cap
The last one in this series. I drank this Shiner Bock and posed the cap on an old wooden picnic table.

Except for the Shiner Bock, these caps were all on the ground in Paradise. I saw them and photographed them on my morning walks. The Shiner Bock cap was disposed of appropriately.

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Lunch on the Deck

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Patio table

Sunshine
A cool breeze
Modelo and cheese
The smell of fresh mown grass
Sounds
Lawn mower
Weed eater
Hispanics
Distant traffic
©️6.13.19

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Night of the Red Orange

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Myku 56

Before the dawning
Illness eases in darkness
Impala away

©️JR Cline 6.1.19

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Samsara and Nirvana

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Non duality

When life is good, embrace it, experience it fully.

Death in Paradise

When life is bad, embrace it, experience it fully.

In quantum physics you will understand that nothing exists. So in reality there is no difference between samsara and nirvana, they are one.Wooden Nickel

One coin/two sides

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Moment to Moment

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“As this figure moves across the stones, he steps lightly and non-seriously, and at the same time absolutely balanced and alert. Behind the swirling, ever-changing waters we can see the shapes of buildings; there appears to be a city in the background. The man is in the marketplace but at the same time outside of it, maintaining his balance and able to watch it from above. This card challenges us to move away from our preoccupations with other spaces and other times, and stay alert to what is happening in the here and now. Life is a great ocean in which you can play if you drop all your judgments, your preferences and the attachment to the details of your long-term plans. Be available to what comes your way, as it comes. And don’t worry if you stumble or fall; just pick yourself up, dust yourself off, have a good laugh, and carry on.

The past is no more and the future is not yet: both are unnecessarily moving in directions which don’t exist. One used to exist, but no longer exists, and one has not even started to exist. The only right person is one who lives moment to moment, whose arrow is directed to the moment, who is always here and now; wherever he is, his whole consciousness, his whole being, is involved in the reality of here and in the reality of now. That’s the only right direction. Only such a man can enter into the golden gate. The present is the golden gate. Here-now is the golden gate. …And you can be in the present only if you are not ambitious–no accomplishment, no desire to achieve power, money, prestige, even enlightenment, because all ambition leads you into the future. Only a non-ambitious man can remain in the present. A man who wants to be in the present has not to think, has just to see and enter the gate. Experience will come, but experience has not to be premeditated.” – Osho.com

At times I manage to be present. I rarely voyage into the past. The future catches my mind on occasion. I prefer spontaneity and now here-ness. It’s my practice. It’s my one precious life and I don’t wish to miss it be wandering in the no longer existing past and nonexistent future.

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Death in Paradise

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Fish on a hot asphalt road.

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500 Days: jr’s big mess

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The magnitude of the task

is part of what I’m up against.  So much stuff.

Check out my office I’ve been collecting things there for 30 years.

My Office

 All this (other than the furniture) has to be cleaned out by the end of this project.  I know it is hard for you to believe, but I’ve done a lot in there all ready.

The Garage

Garages tend to become storage areas and mine in no exception.   Gotta be cleaned up.  The stuff has to go.  How does your garage look?

The Shop

Almost all of this has to be tossed, donated, sold, or sent home with its owner.  There are some tools I’ll take with me on the road and I’ve already taken away some large items.
What do you think?  About average?  Worse that most?

I’m facing a common problem. When I look at the magnitude of what has to be done I’m overwhelmed and do nothing.  The ‘How Much I Need to Accomplish’ story my mind tells me keeps me from doing anything.

How do you deal with this situation?  This is what I am trying?

I try to ignore the big picture and just look at one little thing.  If I can stay in the present and focus on that one thing I can usually get that done.

“How do you eat an elephant? …Bite for bite.”

The incremental approach isn’t usually the most efficient approach.

Sometimes I can’t seem to pick out one thing to do out of all of it. That is what often happens when we have too many things to do. In that case my default is to do the closet thing to me or go find things to throw away.

I know to break large jobs down into small manageable pieces. I’m still in the process of making and prioritizing my lists with measurable goals  and a timeline.  However, I don’t want to fall into the trap of spending all my time planning and none of my time doing.

Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.~ William Morris

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“The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult.”

~ Madame Marie du Deffand

The panorama photos where taken with the DMD app on an iPhone.

 

500 Days: Too old?

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So I was reading You’re Never Too Old to Follow a Dream because I often hear that I’m too old for this dream.  It comes in many forms. Mostly questions.

  • What if you have a stroke/heart attack (pick a catastrophic illness)?
  • How can you leave your job?
  • How will you make ends meet?
  • What about the cost of fuel?
  • How will you survive?
  • At your age how can you sell and give away all your things?
  • What about security in your old age?
  • Where will you live when you’re too old to live in a motor home?
  • (One of my personal favorites)  What if SOMETHING happens?  Something is never specified it is always the nebulous unknown thing.

Of course I know that is a load of crap.  There are a lot of people my age and older living full time on the road.  None the less, there are times when I hear my own mind asking the same questions.   There are times when my self limiting thoughts are difficult to silence.
I have to remind myself that one is never too old to have dreams and to pursue those dreams.

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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500 Days: Progress report

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Day 4
Weekly Progress Report

What have I managed to do?

Launched this project
Car is fixed and out of the shop
Got some boxes and put them in the shop.  Later I’ll fill them and donate some of them to charity and others (tools) will be things I’m keeping for the road trip.
Sorted through some papers. It is amazing how ‘important’ papers accumulate. Then somehow they move from being important to being garbage while they are safely filed away.
Threw some things out that needed to go.
I maintained my other projects.
Worked on the jeep window problem.  Just a little more to do on that if I am lucky.

Not a lot I know.

If I don’t pick up the pace I won’t ever drive away in a motor home. I am not going to beat myself up over it though.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~ Lao-tzu

500 Days to a New Life

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This is day one.  I’m excited about launching this project.  My life and work will never be the same.

A while back, Christy posted a link to 365 A Daily Creativity Journal.  Their concept is to “get inspired to start your own project or get the inspiration you need to keep going on one you’ve already started. And then share what you’ve created with the world!”
I was intrigued by the idea and thought I might try a 365 day creativity journal.
I worked on this idea for several days and came up with a few potential projects.  The one I’ve settled on is one I’ve been tinkering with and talking about for two years.  It’s time to get serious and get it done.  The timer is running down.
500 Days to a New Life is about radically changing my lifestyle and a lot more that is yet to be discovered.    Many things have to occur to make this dream a reality: selling my house, retiring, staying healthy, purchasing an RV, drastically reducing my possessions, income, cost of living, and….  I’m sure your imagination can fill in other things if you think about what it would take for you to start a new life on the road.
Doing the “quit my job to pursue a dream” thing is actually a little scary.  But massive change almost always is.  This project pushes me to and past my edge and that is a good thing.   I’ll definitely be cracking out of my egg.
I’ll be posting progress reports as periodic blogs, photo blogs and vlogs.
Stayed tuned!

I’m just one man and help is always appreciated.  Leave any suggestions, thoughts, questions, and/or ideas you have in the comments or send an email to me at jrclinephotos@gmail.com.
Don’t let fear prevent you from initiating change. ~  One Daughter’s Story

I’ve made a little progress today.  I have gotten a car I need to sell repaired.  I’ll be showing it to a potential buyer tomorrow.