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Inspirational Photos and Quotes (#76-100) These are inspirational photos and quotes from calendars featuring Sister Who.  In each case, the intention was to create an image and a caption which one could ponder for an entire month and potentially find insight and inspiration from the first day of the month all the way to the last–consequently, many of the captions include metaphorical possibilities which are applicable to a wide range of circumstances and situations.  They are included within this website in the hope that they may yet be empowering and helpful, far beyond their initial creation and purpose.  Click on the small photo to see an enlarged copy of it.
sw76:  lighting a campfire
sw76:  "Flames, by their very nature, are always reaching upwards.  To empower them further, we need only place appropriate fuel at their fingertips.  Human spirits, by their very nature, reach upwards also, so long as the inner flame continues to burn.  This is the fire by which all can be sustained, nourished, and protected, if we will likewise work to sustain it."         -- Sister Who
sw77:  considering the arrangement of silverware next to a Thanksgiving-theme table place-setting
sw77:  "I begin with the utensil furthest from the center, as the feast begins, always moving from the outside inward, as one menu item follows another.  How wonderful  that careful preparation has empowered the meal to unfold harmoniously, almost effortlessly--so much so that I might not have even noticed that everything was exactly where I needed, exactly when I needed."       -- Sister Who
sw78:  standing on downhill skis on a large snowfield high in the mountains
sw78:  "When harmony on skis is achieved, all thoughts are left behind and only conditioned responses and vague intentions determine precisely which route across the frozen landscape will now become mine.  As if on winter wings, I soar across the snow.  As the valley rushes toward me, last summer's daunting upward hike is but a weak memory, unable now to slow my pace.  It is no longer I as simply one who wears the skis, for the line between us can no longer be seen, and as the run concludes, I am more than I have ever been."       -- Sister Who
sw79:  examining a jig-saw puzzle piece very closely
sw79:  "If I do not see both the colors and the shape of whatever I hold in my hand, neither my wisest thoughts nor my fondest intentions will allow me to do my best  with it."       -- Sister Who
sw80:  thinking intently while sitting on a rock next to a turbulent stream
sw80:  "Within a preceding moment of stillness, the wisest decisive action may be found."       -- Sister Who
sw81:  preparing to pound a nail into a board, using a hammer
sw81:  "Careful consideration of placement, angle, and amount of force come first; when the hammer strikes the nail, the wood will be changed forever."       -- Sister Who
sw82:  winding a rubber-band-powered balsa wood toy airplane
sw82:  "Because of the winding, the rubber band will soon provide the plane's ability to fly."     -- Sister Who
sw83:  preparing to pour water around the base of a very small tree, from a large bucket
sw83:  "It is the vision of what the tree will someday be which gives me the strength and determination to persist in its care."       -- Sister Who
sw84:  seated on the ground, preparing to plant a pumpkin seed within a shallow hole, using a watering can and shovel
sw84:  "A prayerful pause before planting a seed reminds me of the inescapable interdependence between one living thing and another."       -- Sister Who
sw85:  preparing to swing a bat at an approaching ball on a baseball diamond playing field
sw85:  "The timing of stillness and motion is sometimes all that distinguishes a moment of triumph from one of regret."       -- Sister Who
sw86:  consulting a hiking trail map within a wilderness park
sw86:  "Selecting a trail to follow requires careful consideration of available time, strength, and tools, as well as some attention to what lies along the route."       -- Sister Who
sw87:  on one knee, preparing to shoot an arrow with an archery bow
sw87:  "I don't know whether I will ever hit the center of the target, but it has never made any sense to aim for anything else."       -- Sister Who
sw88:  preparing to direct musicians performing within a bandshell within an urban park
sw88:  "If I myself am to direct the music, then I must both signal to the orchestra that I am ready to begin and also know in which manner and direction I will lead them so that we may create wondrous beauty together."       -- Sister Who
sw89: standing next to wine kegs within a winery, checking the development of a sample
sw89:  "The blend which arises from patience, time, and ingredients offers new ways of savoring each moment and of discovering the wider spectrum of flavors hidden therein."       -- Sister Who
sw90:  preparing to video-record another episode of "Sister Who Presents"
sw90:  "Every act of true theater or genuine worship, is a collaborative act--soul and mind and body and spirit joining with electricity and material to give life to all who have the courage and the gratitude to participate."       -- Sister Who
sw91:  reading printed directions of how to assemble a bicycle, while holding a wrench in the other hand
sw91:  "In pondering that which I had within my grasp all along, I often find that my journey was  far better equipped than I had previously realized."       -- Sister Who
sw92:  collating pages of a desk calendar
sw92:  "No day exists in isolation, but rather is both preceded and followed by other days, months, and seasons."       -- Sister Who
sw93:  diagramming a geneological family tree
sw93:  "No matter the nature or distance, relationships offer questions, answers, and guidance."  -- Sister Who
sw94:  leaning into the wind, holding a long pole, to the top of which a wind spinner is attached, within a wilderness park
sw94:  "The wind decides the direction, but I decide my response."       -- Sister Who
sw95:  placing bags of clothes within a charitable organization's donation collection box
sw95:  "Releasing whatever I can give to meet others' needs, creates room within my life for future blessings."       -- Sister Who
sw96:  contemplating a hanging mobile of different kinds of seashells
sw96:  "My place within time and space is both dependent upon others and depended upon by others."       -- Sister Who
sw97:  adjusting the flow of water from a faucet to a lawn sprinkler
sw97:  "Every action has both an intention and a consequence."       -- Sister Who
sw98:  inflating an air mattress
sw98:  "Doing my work empowers my rest."       -- Sister Who
sw99:  blowing a small toy sailboat across the surface of the water within a large tub, within an outdoor location
sw99:  "What can be seen is always affected by what is invisible."       -- Sister Who
sw100:  changing a tire on a pickup truck
sw100:  "Many pieces must remain in balance, operating in harmony, if I am to ever reach my destination."       -- Sister Who
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