Winding Road now Within (video)

I stood at the end of the winding road. Facing her, I admired her curves and tree-lined slopes. Before stepping away, I stretched my arms toward her lifegiving display, drawing in the uplifting energy she so graciously gave during my mountain stay. Like an entire universe contained on the top of a pin, I will carry her revitalizing essence and nurturing lessons in a small locket, resting on my skin. Should the suffocating concrete attempt to churn me with its tumbling rocks and cement, I will close my eyes, touch the locket, and be reminded that the peace and tranquility found along a winding road, are now carried within.  

Following and exploring an unfamiliar road can bring discoveries that might forever change a traveler. Some travelers are changed so much they may find that the end of the road is not the end, but the perfect location from which to begin.

Video clarification ~ I did not spend time in the trees like a squirrel or bird (nice idea), I spent time with the trees. πŸ˜† My video was rushed, but my words come from my heart. ❀ Wanting so much to extend my time among the tall pines, I did the next best thing: I took the long scenic route to the airport and much to the annoyance of the drivers behind me, I did not rush to get there. Good thing, because when I did arrive at the airport, my flight was delayed over four hours due to mechanical issues. OK, that was not a “good thing.” The delay was frustrating for those with connecting flights. It took over three hours for a mechanic to arrive and another thirty minutes for the captain to receive clearance after the thirty minute repair was addressed. We were not told what the issue was, but we landed safely. That was a good thing! πŸ˜† I am no longer in the Cascade Mountains, but I do have more to share from my time there, including a video clip of two talented musicians playing Ethiopian Jazz at a charming Saturday market. Next week’s shares!

Hope you enjoyed being my passenger under the trees. Enjoy another winding road musical share ~ Iggy Pop singing, “Passenger.” 🎢 Thank you for visiting and reading. Be well. πŸ’— Michele

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Β© 2021 Michele Lee Sefton.

68 thoughts on “Winding Road now Within (video)

    1. Yes, I did. Thank you, Brad, for these comments and for following my writing retreat. My window is not clear (in video), but that truth is clear. It was hard to leave the trees. πŸŒ²πŸ’“ Enjoy your day!

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  1. Michele Lee, girl after reading your poetically lovely post, I had to laugh at myself when I was watching your video. I was actually holding my head back to look up as if I was out there with you. LOL πŸ˜‚πŸŒ²πŸ˜œ Thanks for the ride and the view girlfriend! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ’

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    1. Thank you, Ingrid. 😊 I am grateful for the connection to you and appreciate your support as I made my way along the winding writing road. πŸŒ„ You are right – I was and am inspired by the life-changing experience had in the tall pines. πŸ’“ Best to you!

      P.S. I am getting caught up with things, including reading your book! πŸ₯°

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      1. Ingrid, you are not only inspired by nature – you are a strong and devoted advocate for her. Thank you. πŸ™πŸΌ I am so thrilled to read you are visiting your hometown. Enjoy. Relax. Take a break and take in all the beauty! πŸ’–

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  2. Congratulations on your revitalizing writers retreat experience, Michele ✍🏼🌲 It sounds to have been an excellent decision, and I’m glad you arrived home safely – especially having been informed that the plane had mechanical issues to resolve…yikes! May the peace and tranquility of wilderness meadows & mountain pines be always present going forward πŸ™πŸ˜Š

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    1. Thanks so much, Phil! 😊 I left the mountains but they did not leave me. I aspire to carry the peace and lessons received.πŸŒ„ Yikes is right! Several passengers left – locals I assume. I decided to stick around and trust all would be well. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. Poetpas

    Must be great having a chance to go on a retreat and write. Lucky you. The trees and sky are lovely. The music I like. Ziggy by Bauhaus is better than the original and simple minds I can relate to too πŸ˜‚

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    1. You are right – it was a wonderful, life-changing writing and nature-connecting experience that I had dreamed of for some time. It did not unfold like I had imagined, but it delivered many gifts. Many years of work and Divine guidance to get to this lucky place in life. I am fortunate and grateful. πŸ™πŸΌ I am glad to read you like the music. You have great musical tastes! 😁 I agree, Bauhaus is better! haha Witty one. Thank you for joining me for some music and nature captures. 🌞 Enjoy your weekend.

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      1. Poetpas

        Good stuff. I’m jealous. I’ve always dreamed of doing that in the Scottish Highlands with a log burner when it’s. One day…

        You’ve awakened the beast and I’m watching Bauhaus now. Live in Gotham. Funnily enough they play Ziggy Stardust and The Passenger near the end. What are the odds πŸ™ƒ

        Enjoy thy weekend too!

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      2. It was so good! Hard to leave. 😒 I will survive. πŸ˜‚ I would love to read that you have taken flight to a writing retreat. I hope that happens for you. I read a book two years ago, set in the Scottish highlands and I have been obsessed with visiting since then. It sounds magical and cool. haha

        Awakened beast? Oh no!! I will check out your musical selection. I already like it! πŸ˜€ Odd! What are the odds? πŸ€”

        Thank you so much. 😊 I will manage the heat and concrete. haha I am submitting a short story – winner gets to read their short story in Ireland this fall. Wish me luck! πŸ€ͺ

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      3. I am watching your link. Good stuff! I am jealous of the people in the crowd. Of course, I would have been too young to attend. πŸ™ƒ Thank you! A long shot, but it’s worth a go. You could try submitting your short short. You may have more luck mailing them your actual shorts. πŸ˜‚ You only have a few hours though, so get to it!

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  4. No better education that traveling imho, maybe not all perfect but perfect way to learn about right and wrong and learn it live – it’s the lesson to learn. Have learn so much during the years, it’s amazing. πŸ™‚

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  5. Loved being your passenger, adored the video, especially the part where we got to rock out with you and look up at all the trees, and was mesmerized by your opening verse. Indeed, your experiences will always rest within, just like your lovely verse rests within each of us. Beautiful, Michele. ❀️❀️ Oh, and arg, about the delay, and am glad you are landed safe! πŸ₯°

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    1. Oh my goodness, what a heartwhelming comment. I would like to frame this. If I am having a down moment I can read this and be lifted out of that space. Absolutely love your comparison too. Thank you, Jeff ❀

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    1. My time in the mountains, and at the coast, was a most divine experience. πŸ₯° What a delight it was to walk up on a deer when hiking a trail and that I was able to take a photo before he/she ran off. Thank you so much, Dwight!

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  6. Michele, your video is so wonderful! The whole time I felt as if I was sitting in a comfortable back seat in a cabriolet, with my head back, the summer wind in my hair, the scent of flowers in my nose, listening to your words, to Iggy Pop and driving somewhere … no matter where.
    Your contribution Michele is wonderfully poetic. I’m happy to have read it, thanks for the ride and the view, Michele! 😊
    Greetings from the beautiful Rhine-Highlands / Germany…

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    1. Rosie, I adore your description of traveling with me. How wonderfully descriptive!
      Thank you, artist Rosie! Your comments are always a joy to read, as are your posts. Thank you for traveling with me. Enjoy your week! 🌞

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  7. I love winding roads… Life is pretty much the same, isn’t it.. Sometimes scary… Sometimes fun… And most of the time… So perfectly irresistible!! 😍😍. Lovely post, Michele β€οΈβ€οΈβ€οΈβœ¨πŸ€—

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  8. You must have expanded the memory space of your heart to store all the beauty of nature. How wonderfully described the attachment to the nature n trees with missing feelings. How can I miss to say about sweetest you n melodious words of you. I loved it from heart my dearest Michele. With Loves πŸ€—πŸ˜‡β€β€

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  9. Oh how much I relate to carrying the magical essence of the ‘road’ and the newly found beginning close to the heart while returning back to the concrete. It is a fresh experience for me too and your words are exquisitely beautiful to me. I am now going to remember to reach for the imaginary locker for me when I need it. It also brought me a smile to think of how authentic leisurely joy is often annoying to other ‘drivers’ in life :)))) I love indulging in your posts, they are peaceful and inspiring πŸ’›βœ¨

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    1. Yes, I am once again traveling a road that is lined with more concrete than trees and flowers and how I already miss them so. Thank goodness for photos and memories! πŸŒ„ I am delighted that you were able to personally relate to my exploring, having just returned from your family getaway. My heart is warmed by your connection to my post and by the thought of you spending time with your family. πŸ’– Those times are precious!

      I doubt I brought a smile to the locals traveling behind me. πŸ˜† It was obvious who they were- they fly through those winding roads! Deer can appear in front of headlights at any moment, so best to take it easy. More time to enjoy the scenery! 😁 Thank you for your kind heart and for taking it easy and enjoying my posts. πŸ™πŸΌπŸŒ»

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  13. Ah, the unexpected joys of traveling, frustration and all! It is in those moments we grow stronger and move forward to meet the next challenge around the winding road now within with unexpected courage and vivacity.

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