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History repeats itself. This happens in many aspects of our lives. When it does, our tendency is to despair at the fact that we’ve been here before and had hoped never to be here again. It’s frustrating, discouraging, heartbreaking. Feelings of judgment, failure, and powerlessness bubble up. We feel weary. We feel so many things. .
Let’s remember this. Our growth - as individuals and collectively as a society of humans - does not happen in a linear way. Rather, we grow in a winding upward spiral, revisiting the same work again and again, with the opportunity to go deeper, learn more, and create more profound change each time. .
Our work is to show up each time with greater wisdom, deepen our awareness, notice patterns, and shine a light on what we see. This requires a great deal of patience, as we often find ourselves noticing a pattern many times before we are actually able to release and replace it. It is easy during this time to get stuck in the feelings of desperation and despair. We wonder how it is possible that we are in this place again, and we are blind to the growth has occurred.
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Looking closely, though, we realize that progress has, in fact, been made. We have arrived at this place, which is familiar in so many ways, with different knowledge, deeper awareness, and more courage. We are able to name what we see. Our strong intention combined with the memory of what has come before pave the way for real change. .
It isn’t easy, and it isn’t fast, but with persistence, curiosity, and a boatload of compassion (for ourselves and others), we do make progress. And one day, after going up and around the spiral again and again, we look back and notice not that we have returned to the exact same place, but rather that the view is just different enough this time around for us to realize how far we’ve come.
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Evolution is a slow process, my friends. It spans lifetimes. When you come to these points where history is repeating itself, in your own life or on the world stage, know this: though the work is not complete, the work of the past has not been done in vain. Look for the bright spots, the progress, (continued in comments)...

In NYC right now. My oldest daughter, Danielle, is back from London preparing healthy dinners for the week, since I will be taking care of my youngest daughter, Nicole, in The Hamptons this week. Danielle is getting ready to go to work at her summer job in NYC. This is how the millennial generation does it. By the way, my kids tell me our condo is too crowded and that I need to get rid of some furniture or buy more contemporary furniture that takes up less space. I say, "Who's going to pay for that?"
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#enJoie #Parenting #Preparation #MealPrep #SheReady #WeReady #WeLead #TalkAboutEntitlement #WeAreEntitled #WeAreInDeed #Entitled to our #Titles #KeepinItReal #JustSayin #DontSleepOnThat #RealEstateIsTheBestInvestment #InvestAndSave #TakingTheLongView #Enjoielife

Clearing space, to achieve a line of sight.. What do we really seek,? Truth? Beauty? Meaning? Longsightedness? So what do we do? Clutter up our lives with all this stuff, and noise, and busy action... As if we are continually determined to get in the way of ourselves... What does our true nature really want? Can you go directly there? Or are you going to place a myriad of obstacles, in your path, and then cry, "Oh poor me, look, it cannot be done.." Trying to shed unhelpful habits, things, ways of thinking, is hard, but necessary work.. An uphill struggle even... We all have our obstructive beliefs, possessions, ways of being that no longer serve us. But old habits die hard.. First identify and name them #oldhabits #purpose #clutter #fearofchange #gettinginthewayofourselves #clearsight #awareness #understanding #acceptance #naming #goingforwards #lookingback #makingspace #quiet #walkingatheight #takingthelongview #fernweh #inversion

Father's day... This was my dad Paul, taken sometime in the sixties or seventies by the look of the hair and trousers.. A rare photo, as he was usually behind the camera..More often taking pictures of rocks... Looking a little stern here, but he possessed an impish sense of humour, and loved to discuss around many and various things...In fact legend has it that he was expelled from his public school for talking too much!! 😊 His passion however was geology, and he spent his whole life researchng and teaching on the subject.. In the vanguard of thought, and development around neo- tectonics. He was lucky enogh to travel the world 'looking at other people's rocks' as we called it, and teaching abroad, very often in the Middle East, and we had the benefit, and mind expanding experience of meeting many of his foreign students... .. He taught me many things as a child, not least the importance of finding out what you are interested in, and then pursuing it, being curious, open minded, and taking the long view I guess..🏔️ He wasn't really 'built for speed' and was a great fan of 'not losing height' when on one of our many excursions to geologise, around the UK and Europe. But I do remember he would often consent to holding hands with me, and skipping childishly *downhill*.. But only downhill 🙂 I dont really ever remember him taking himself too seriously... But he was generally considered by many, to be a fine teacher, writer, and academic 😊 Professor of Neotectonics at Bristol University, and founder of The Journal of Structural Geology, his too early death, twenty years ago, cut short his journey of discovery...😶 Much missed, by many, but influences echo on long after death... For me it would be a love of the wilder places, exploration, and discovery, on many levels.... Oh, and good food, and drink too.. He never held back on the hospitality.. 🌍 Paul Lewis Hancock.. I get the Louise in my name from him, the Ruth is from my maternal great grandmother.. Balance in all things. #fathersday #influence #takingthelongview #geologist #neotectonics #academic #geologyrocks #teacher #lookingforwards #lookingback #portrait #begrateful #familyties #echoes

I am a product of long corridors, empty sunlit rooms, upstairs indoor silences, attics explored in solitude, distant noises of gurgling cisterns and pipes, and the noise of wind under the tiles. Also, of endless books.

C. S. Lewis

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#Repost @jmolesworth1 ・・・
When I was younger and just making my start in the wine world, I didn’t have the temerity to rate a wine 100 points. Now, 20 plus years later, I have the confidence to know that was the right path to take.
Some of the best winemakers I’ve had the fortune to spend time with, from @jeanlouischave to the late Paul Pontallier, told me at some point they thought they had made the best wine of their lives, only to backtrack at a later point when yet another great year came along and their accrued wisdom allowed them to approach it in a different manner.

I’ve had more than a few wines that forced me to think hard about this. The 1982 @pichon_comtesse is one. It hasn’t budged from its precipice since the first time I tried it in 1998. It continues to awe me today, 20 years later.
But as long as the human hand is involved in the winemaking process, as long as we evolve, as long as there is another vintage, there is always somewhere to go. And I hope I’ve got a another 20 plus years of doing what I do to find out if perfection in a wine exists. Because it’s one hell of a pursuit.
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#holywinegrail
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When I was younger and just making my start in the wine world, I didn’t have the temerity to rate a wine 100 points. Now, 20 plus years later, I have the confidence to know that was the right path to take.
Some of the best winemakers I’ve had the fortune to spend time with, from @jeanlouischave to the late Paul Pontallier, told me at some point they thought they had made the best wine of their lives, only to backtrack at a later point when yet another great year came along and their accrued wisdom allowed them to approach it in a different manner.

I’ve had more than a few wines that forced me to think hard about this. The 1982 @pichon_comtesse is one. It hasn’t budged from its precipice since the first time I tried it in 1998. It continues to awe me today, 20 years later.
But as long as the human hand is involved in the winemaking process, as long as we evolve, as long as there is another vintage, there is always somewhere to go. And I hope I’ve got a another 20 plus years of doing what I do to find out if perfection in a wine exists. Because it’s one hell of a pursuit.
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#winespectator
#wine
#holywinegrail
#takingthelongview

Little tent at sunset, but disappointingly I couldn't persuade my hairy little cow friends to get in shot alongside... Camera shy perhaps? Or maybe they didn't want to be thought disreputable by association... Clandestine camping Peaks. 🏕 #havingamoment #sundowner #backpackinglight #tarptent #freindsinhighplaces #revisiting #takingthelongview #littlemsnaughty #tilthecowscomehome

The sun came out... After the rain, snow, and hail.... Foxtor #generousweather #threeseasonsinaday #dartmoorrocks #takingthelongview #keenwind #goodairing

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