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Chris Comstock  Explorer 🏕 • Adventurer 🏔• Believer • RD 🍎 | Minnesota | South Dakota | SDSU 🐰 |

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The best things in life start with "F": Faith, family, friends, food, fun, fice cream, fcamping, etc.
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I spent most of Christmas Eve in the ER, and it served as the perfect reminder that during the holiday season, we need to be thankful for more than just the gifts we receive. Be grateful for your friends and family. Time is precious, so cherish each and every moment you have with the people you love. Be thankful for the food on your table. There are millions of people throughout the world who don't know when their next meal will be. And be thankful for your physical health. It's easy to forget how much of a blessing it is to be able to see, hear, and walk. .
Merry Christmas everyone!

"Happiness is not a checklist. A dream job, a fast car, a good home, even love, mean nothing at all if you have not yet found a way to feel full and content in your own mind and heart."
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It's hard to beat a moment like this!

I read this on Twitter the other day and I had to share it. I died laughing, so I hope you get a kick out of it too.
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7 Year Old: Mom, what happens if you eat lots of tinsel?
Mom: Probably emergency surgery to prevent obstruction somewhere in your digestive system.
7 Year Old: *blank face*...*small voice*...you get tinselitis.
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On an unrelated note, I wanted to thank Luke and Krista for being such great friends and for entertaining me this weekend. We hiked, watched football, powered through a significant chunk of Stranger Things 1 and 2, ate pizza, listened to a live band at one of the oddest bars I've ever been in, and fed/played with 7 dogs. It was the perfect mental break after a hectic semester, and I really can't thank you two enough.

Is it true that some people don't like Egg Nog? I could drink an entire carton of that stuff.
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What's your favorite holiday treat?

Have you ever listened to a song and been absolutely moved by the message or the lyrics? If so, what song was it? I stumbled across "Walls" by Derek Minor (ft. Urban Rescue) today, and figured I'd share it with you. If you have a free moment, take some time to listen to the message - it's pretty powerful.
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"We build walls
All around us, all around us
Try to keep what we don’t know
At a distance, at a distance
We don’t listen

Now if I stood on a corner and asked you for $2 for a Whopper
Would you let your cynicism stop you? Would it stop you? Would it stop you? I mean would you?
I mean we spend $9.99 on Spotify, but hearing my stomach rumblin’, not worth a dime?
Not worth a dime? Not even one?
Look, or if I had suit and tie, maybe I’d be worth your time?
Only money on your mind, cuz we are so selfish
Jesus walked with the poor
Are we too good for that?
Kissing up to God in our prayers to get a promotion
To make more money and buy more things, that we don’t need
That we just buy to show off for the next guy and still feel poor inside
Still feel homeless as the person that we just denied
By the way, how have you treated the least of these?
Pride and Money, are you a slave to them?
Cause you ain’t gotta be black to pick cotton off a shelf of an H&M

We build walls
All around us, all around us
Try to keep what we don’t know
At a distance, at a distance
We don’t listen

Pray to God for the day that we can
Put our guns down and see Him in all of our faces
Can’t you see with the hands of the master we made?
But we don’t enjoy the creation of art on display
So blind when we look at each other
I don’t want you not to see my color
See our differences are not the weakness
And in this puzzles we gon’ need the master’s master pieces
Feel like we all conceited thinking you’d be better if you was more like me
Not knowing it was God that made you more like you
Made in His image, we are all His kids
So if I look down on you, I look down on Him
I’m a sinner, you a sinner, what’s the difference?
We all need love, joy, Jesus, and healing
We got a lot in common if we would just listen
Instead of building more walls, let’s build more bridges
Let’s build more bridges."

I'm sure by now most of you have seen the video of Keaton Jones, a young middle schooler who discusses, in tears, his experience with bullying. It's a heartbreaking video, and something everyone needs to see. If you haven't watched it yet, please take the time to check it out.
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According to the National Association of School Psychologists, bullying is a learned behavior. Which makes me wonder, what in the heck is wrong with certain parents and adults in this country? Kids are obviously learning these behaviors from someone. Being kind is not difficult. Setting a good example is not challenging. And thinking before you speak is not hard either. So as adults, we need to do better.
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Unfortunately, when you have prominent figures like the president regularly demeaning others, promoting violence, and targeting people for their looks or personal attributes, then you create an environment where mistreating others becomes the norm. Regardless of the poor example being set by so many in our country, bullying, misogyny, religious intolerance, name calling, and racial exclusion should never become mainstream or acceptable. As a country, we need to stand up against this; the responsibility for preventing bullying and intolerance lies within all of us. If you've made it this far, thanks for reading. I'd like to leave you with a quote from Elise Wiesel: "I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." It's time to speak up.

If you had all the money in the world but still had to have some kind of job, what would you choose to do?

Name this movie:
Tuke: Do you wanna play "I Spy"?
Rutt: Yeah.
Tuke: Okay, I spy something... green.
Rutt: Tree?
Tuke: Ohh!
Rutt: Okay, my turn. I spy something... tall.
Tuke: Tree.
Rutt: Ohh!
Tuke: My turn. I spy something... with bark.
Rutt: Tree.
Tuke: Ohh!
Rutt: Okay, I spy something... a vertical log.
Tuke: Tree.
Rutt: Ohh!
Tuke: Okay, I spy...
Rutt: Tree!
Tuke: Ohh!
Rutt: Okay...
Tuke: Tree!
Rutt: But I didn't spy anything!
Tuke: It counts!
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I wish I didn't have to say this, but I'm going to say it anyways. Moose can be very dangerous. I was surprised by this guy while hiking and had no intention of ever getting this close. When I realized he was there, I turned around and moved a proper distance away. I can't emphasize enough how important it is to respect wildlife when you are hiking and exploring.

This picture represents the amount of work I have to do in the next 2 weeks. Does anyone else feel the same way?

"Appreciate life as it happens. Moments will soon pass, and you'll wish you had treasured them more."
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Isn't it crazy how fast time flies by? This semester is almost over, and yet it feels like it just began.
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This photo was taken 5 years ago at Mount Rainier National park. You can't see the mountain because it's hidden by snow well beyond the trees. When reflecting on this moment, it doesn't seem like that long ago. The picture serves as a good reminder that life is fleeting; we should always cherish the blessings present in our lives and the time we have with friends, family, and loved ones.

Have you ever wondered what an over-edited flip phone photo looks like? Well, wonder no more.
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This is a pretty typical scene in Yellowstone - A bison traffic jam. Have you ever been stuck in one of these?

The tour guide that was leading my group through the canyon - I'm gonna call her Carol - told me I HAD to take a picture here looking up and to the right because it looks "really awesome". It was pretty awkward, but I don't have a lot of pictures of myself, soooo... thanks Carol.

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