Reflections from the past year

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest”. Confucius 

As the year draws to a close, for me it is always a time of deep reflection. I think about where I started twelve months ago and where I am now. I love to think and sometimes think perhaps a little too hard. But reflecting on one’s life while embracing all the good and the bad is a wonderful way to see the progress you’ve made or failed to make on this journey we call life.

Here are some of my favorite reflections from the past year.


Enjoying one of many sensational runs around my lovely Lake Harriet. This one occurred on a fine spring day in May.

“The air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land we inhabit are not only critical elements in the quality of life we enjoy – they are a reflection of the majesty of our Creator”. Rick Perry 


Eating lunch in Vanoise National Park, France and reflecting on the beauty and peace of Mother Nature.

“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.”  – Thomas Paine


An evening kayak ride along Rabbit Lake in Northern Minnesota last summer.

“Without deep reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people”.  -Albert Einstein


Photo taken in Guatemala where I spent a week volunteering last April.

“The world is a looking glass and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face”.  –William Makepeace Thackeray 


Reflections of an ancient Chinese Water Village. The goldfish below are a sign of good luck.

Just as fall was drawing to a close, I got the last snaps of reflections across my lovely lake, a place I run each day and do much thinking there.

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And perhaps my favorite reflection of this year is in this photo….may there be many more wonderful, reflective sunsets that fill my life with joy.


This post is my second entry in this week’s photo challenge: Reflections. To view more, click here.


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  4. You are a superb photographer and reflecting back on this year or any year, I am certain you have much to be proud of. You seem to do much for many…what an inspiration you are to us. 🙂

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  6. Lu

    Brilliant! And a lovely selection of quotes. I’m feeling all inspired at the beginning of this wonderful Saturday morning 🙂

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