Thoughts From The Wilderness – Chains That Bind(Or Do They?)

What may be obvious to some, might not be so obvious to others. Many will see the positive in something, while others can only see the negative.

Nevertheless, “obvious or not, positive or not, and or negative or not,” people will see what they choose to see.

Updated from April 2018

“Thoughts From The Wilderness” is my slant and I will readily admit “an often and slightly off-kilter slant” of how our struggles and our successes in life can be illustrated by looking at how nature reveals those tiny mysteries of living to us.

I’m extremely fortunate to have Lynn and her innate ability to capture those moments in time that allows “Thoughts From The Wilderness” to exist. It is her innate ability to capture the seemingly insignificant details, which are the significant memories of our adventures. I am one lucky guy.

On a recent afternoon at Six Mile Lake Provincial Park Lynn snapped a pic of the canoe/kayak racks down at one of the beach areas.

DSC_0174

In most instances, I might blog and go on for 700 words or more about how the chains and locks on the canoe rack represent the chains and locks we forge throughout our lives. Those chains and locks that bind us and keep anchored into a place we may not want or choose to be.

That would be the obvious entry.

But, let’s not focus on the chains and locks in the photograph. What else is there in it? Well, we see, dirt, a bit of grass and leaves and the racks themselves.

What does or could the rack represent beyond simply holding watercraft?

When I sit back and ponder the photo for a bit, I see the racks patiently waiting. Patiently waiting to hold the memories of another summer of fun and new adventures that await a family as they make their first foray into camping and canoeing.

Don’t they also represent that first step or opportunity to get just a tiny bit outside of someone’s comfort zone? How many people got that first addictive taste of backcountry canoe tripping by having someone help them slip a canoe off the rack at a provincial park, summer camp or at a canoe outfitter establishment for the first time?

Close your eyes for just a second and picture this.

Parks staff help them lift the canoe off the rack and lug it down to the beach. They outfit the parents and child in PFD’; get the family loaded into the canoe; give them a few lessons on what to do; then a gentle push and off they paddle and fumble around in the sheltered bay on the beachfront at Six Mile Lake.

It isn’t very pretty, but that hour or afternoon spent figuring out how to make the damn thing go straight or even get back to the beach was enough. Enough to ignite a flame for camping and ultimately backcountry canoe tripping that sees that family wilderness canoe tripping in places we yearn to get to ourselves.

But, one the other hand, maybe it was just a simple afternoon paddling around and nothing more came of it. Just creating memories of time spent together camping, laughing and being a family.

Yup, sometimes the obvious isn’t obvious at all. Perhaps the obvious isn’t really obvious depending on how we look at.

What is the tint of the glasses we use to view the world around us?

If your glasses result in seeing all as negative, then I guess you were anticipating or worse, choosing the “chains that bind” blog entry. But, we can choose the opposite.

I chose to see the positive; the fantastic positive memory creating element the picture can represent.

We pick and choose to see what we want to see and ultimately believe. I’m sure there are scores of you out there, who live and work in environments that are toxic and negative to the “nth degree.” Something may occur that you see as positive at work, while most others choose to see the negative.

Much of life, living and the way we see and react to it is a choice. I wish people would try seeing the positive in something for once.

Just try it once!

I bet people would be shocked at the result.

Wow, a positive and wonderful memory we just created.

Shocked; surprised and bewildered, but in a positive way.

What colour are your glasses?

positive

Just a few random thoughts.

 

 

Thoughts From The Wilderness – Stating The Obvious – Necessary?

I originally posted this back in August after we returned from the east coast of Canada. I re-read it in the past few days and added a couple of thoughts that sprang to mind.

Sitting here I’m wondering if a more appropriate title might be along the lines of “Thoughts From The Wilderness – Saving Us From Ourselves”

I don’t obsess overmuch I think. In fact, I’m not really sure I obsess over anything in particular. Certainly, not an obsession that has a negative attachment to it. But, on the other hand, obsessing over not obsessing over anything is likely an obsession in itself.

Nevertheless, over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had this obsession with the phrase “stating the obvious”

I have the habit at times, as you may have of “stating the obvious.” One phrase I’ve used throughout the summer, given the fire bans that were in place throughout much of central and northern Ontario at that time was, “We could use some rain, it’s pretty dry.”

Brilliant deduction there Sherlock!

As I said, this “stating the obvious” concept has been rumbling around in my mind for the past week or so and has been leading me down the trail of “is stating the obvious” a good or bad thing? Perhaps it’s just a thing that’s more neutral as compared to being good or bad?

Or have we graduated to a state where much needs to be posted for liability issues given that many people can’t see danger when it is simply right in front of them?

This sign attached to a rock at Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia certainly caught my attention when we visited there in June of this year.

sign

In my mind the question here is, why state the obvious when it should be obvious to everyone?

For those of you who have never been, Peggy’s Cove is a historic small fishing harbour located south of Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada. Although it started out as a fishing village and there is still an active lobster fishery, Peggy’s Cove has now become a major tourist destination for the east coast of Canada.

Tourists flock there mainly for the views of the Atlantic Ocean from the rocks at the water’s edge and the historic Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse.

There has been a fair amount written in tourist publications and online about staying off “the black rocks” and as well, there are numerous signs at Peggy’s Cove stating:

danger

All of this seems pretty obvious to me – there is danger here, so be aware.

So, back to the task at hand.

I read that what is obvious to some people may not be obvious to others. Is this obvious to you? Maybe it was. Maybe it wasn’t.

Reading articles of whether “stating the obvious” is a good or bad thing, presented views at either end of the spectrum, as well as in the middle of the road.

“State the obvious – it’s a good thing.”

Only a fool “states the obvious.”

And finally, “does it really matter?”

“Stating the obvious” is all of these things. Perhaps one of the keys though is “what are we stating the obvious about?” If using Peggy’s Cove example, “stating the obvious” could mean the difference between life and death.

Check this CTV news article out from 2015.

Here’s a Twitter account you might want to check out too. The intentions were good, they needed some help in delivery though.

Over the years, Lynn and I have observed an increase in the number of signs posted, warnings written on permits and as well as media articles regarding safety for those heading into the great outdoors.

“Hazards Exist – You are responsible for your own safety”

3Is “stating the obvious” a non-issue? Apparently not.

Makes me think we’re heading down the road, at least in terms of pursuits in the outdoors of “needing to protect people from themselves.” And realistically, we’re already well down that road.

Nevertheless, here are a couple of things to think about when “stating the obvious.”

Repeat When Necessary

Not sure how it is in the rest of the world, but in Canada, we still mess up. We’ve violated in the past and continue at times to violate people’s Charter Rights; people still have challenges following our most basic laws; people continue to start walking across the intersection even when the “Don’t Walk” sign is showing.

Being reminded is important and necessary – why?

  • we forget
  • often it can take several times before we understand
  • we need reminders to put ideas into practice

It can take a number of cracks at it before we grasp something. Even when we know it, we can forget to follow what we learned.

Obvious to some; may not be obvious to others

  • just because it’s obvious to you, doesn’t equate into being obvious for all
  • people are wired differently, we see things differently
  • what we see as important, others may not see or be at a point to see it as important.

One last consideration is by not “stating the obvious” does that keep us from saying the things that actually might need to be said?  Could there be a stigma attached to “stating the obvious” that makes us shy back from saying things that require being said?

You know, “where no one wants to mention the elephant in the room.”

Maybe Samuel Johnson got it right  – “People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed.” 

If this post doesn’t seem to make any sense or go any place in particular or have any conclusion that’s all right. I see a couple of new posts starting to form.

“Stating the obvious” – good, bad or neutral?

Lots to think about.

Thanks for reading.

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Thoughts From The Wilderness – Stating The Obvious – Necessary?

I originally posted this back in August after we returned from the east coast of Canada. I re-read it in the past few days and added a couple of thoughts that sprang to mind.

Sitting here I’m wondering if a more appropriate title might be along the lines of “Thoughts From The Wilderness – Saving Us From Ourselves”

I don’t obsess overmuch I think. In fact, I’m not really sure I obsess over anything in particular. Certainly, not an obsession that has a negative attachment to it. But, on the other hand, obsessing over not obsessing over anything is likely an obsession in itself.

Nevertheless, over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had this obsession with the phrase “stating the obvious”

I have the habit at times, as you may have of “stating the obvious.” One phrase I’ve used throughout the summer, given the fire bans that were in place throughout much of central and northern Ontario at that time was, “We could use some rain, it’s pretty dry.”

Brilliant deduction there Sherlock!

As I said, this “stating the obvious” concept has been rumbling around in my mind for the past week or so and has been leading me down the trail of “is stating the obvious” a good or bad thing? Or is it just a thing that’s more neutral as compared to being good or bad?

Or have we graduated to a state where much needs to be posted for liability issues given that many people can’t see danger when it is simply right in front of them?

This sign attached to a rock at Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia certainly caught my attention when we visited there in June of this year.

sign

In my mind the question here is, why state the obvious when it should be obvious to everyone?

For those of you who have never been, Peggy’s Cove is a historic small fishing harbour located south of Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada. Although it started out as a fishing village and there is still an active lobster fishery, Peggy’s Cove has now become a major tourist destination for the east coast of Canada.

Tourists flock there mainly for the views of the Atlantic Ocean from the rocks at the water’s edge and the historic Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse.

There has been a fair amount written in tourist publications and online about staying off “the black rocks” and as well, there are numerous signs at Peggy’s Cove stating:

danger

All of this seems pretty obvious to me – there is danger here, so be aware.

So, back to the task at hand.

I read that what is obvious to some people may not be obvious to others. Is this obvious to you? Maybe it was. Maybe it wasn’t.

Reading articles of whether “stating the obvious” is a good or bad thing, presented views at either end of the spectrum, as well as in the middle of the road.

“State the obvious – it’s a good thing.”

Only a fool “states the obvious.”

And finally, “does it really matter?”

 

“Stating the obvious” is all of these things. Perhaps one of the keys though is “what are we stating the obvious about?” If using Peggy’s Cove example, “stating the obvious” could mean the difference between life and death.

Check this CTV news article out from 2015.

Here’s a Twitter account you might want to check out too. The intentions were good, they needed some help in delivery though.

Over the years, Lynn and I have observed an increase in the number of signs posted, warnings written on permits and as well as media articles regarding safety for those heading into the great outdoors.

“Hazards Exist – You are responsible for your own safety”

3Is “stating the obvious” a non-issue? Apparently not.

Makes me think we’re heading down the road, at least in terms of pursuits in the outdoors of “needing to protect people from themselves.” And realistically, we’re already well down that road.

Nevertheless, here are a couple of things to think about when “stating the obvious.”

Repeat When Necessary

Not sure how it is in the rest of the world, but in Canada, we still mess up. We’ve violated in the past and continue at times to violate people’s Charter Rights; people still have challenges following our most basic laws; people continue to start walking across the intersection even when the “Don’t Walk” sign is showing.

Being reminded is important and necessary – why?

  • we forget
  • often it can take several times before we understand
  • we need reminders to put ideas into practice

It can take a number of cracks at it before we grasp something. Even when we know it, we can forget to follow what we learned.

Obvious to some; may not be obvious to others

  • just because it’s obvious to you, doesn’t equate into being obvious for all
  • people are wired differently, we see things differently
  • what we see as important, others may not see or be at a point to see it as important.

One last consideration is by not “stating the obvious” does that keep us from saying the things that actually might need to be said?  Could there be a stigma attached to “stating the obvious” that makes us shy back from saying things that require being said?

You know, “where no one wants to mention the elephant in the room.”

Maybe Samuel Johnson got it right  – “People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed.” 

If this post doesn’t seem to make any sense or go any place in particular or have any conclusion that’s all right. I see a couple of new posts starting to form.

“Stating the obvious” – good, bad or neutral?

Lots to think about.

Thanks for reading.

Thoughts From The Wilderness – Chains That Bind(Or Do They?)

There are things that seem obvious to most people when they look at them or at least they should appear obvious. “Thoughts From The Wilderness” is my perspective; my slant if you will; my feelings of how life, living, our struggles and our successes can be illustrated by looking at how nature and the great outdoors reveal those tiny mysteries of life to us. The best part of this whole deal is I’m extremely fortunate to have Lynn and her innate ability to capture those moments in time that allows “Thoughts From The Wilderness” to exist. Honestly, she brings to the table the superior ability to capture the seemingly insignificant details, which are the significant memories of our adventures. I am one lucky guy.

On a recent afternoon at Six Mile Lake Provincial Park Lynn snapped a pic of the canoe/kayak racks down at one of the beach areas.

DSC_0174

In most instances, I might blog and go on for 700 words or more about how the chains and locks on the canoe rack represent the chains and locks we forge throughout our lives. Those chains and locks that bind us and keep anchored into a place we may not want or choose to be.

That would be the obvious entry.

But, let’s not focus on the chains and locks in the photograph. What else is there in it? Well, we see, dirt, a bit of grass and leaves and the racks themselves.

Here’s the “light comes on moment” in the blog.

What does or could the rack represent beyond simply holding watercraft?

When I sit back and ponder the photo for a bit, I see the racks patiently waiting. Patiently waiting to hold the memories of another summer of fun and new adventures that await a family as they make their first foray into camping and canoeing.

Don’t they also represent that first step or opportunity to get just a tiny bit outside of someone’s comfort zone? How many people got that first addictive taste of backcountry canoe tripping by having someone help them slip a canoe off the rack at a provincial park, summer camp or at a canoe outfitters establishment for the first time?

Close your eyes for just a second and picture this. Parks staff help them lift the canoe off the rack and lug it down to the beach. They outfit the parents and child in PFD’s and them load them into the canoe; give them a few lessons on what to do; then a gentle push and off they paddle and fumble around in the sheltered bay on the beachfront at Six Mile Lake. It isn’t very pretty, but that hour or afternoon spent figuring out how to make the damn thing go straight or even get back to the beach was enough to ignite a flame for camping and ultimately backcountry canoe tripping that sees that family wilderness canoe tripping in places we yearn to get to ourselves.

But, one the other hand, maybe it was just a simple afternoon paddling around and nothing more came of it. Just creating memories of time spent together camping, laughing and being a family.

Yup, sometimes the obvious isn’t obvious at all. Perhaps the obvious isn’t really obvious depending on how we look at. What is the tint of the glasses we use to view the world around us?

If your glasses result in seeing all as negative, then I guess you were anticipating or worse, choosing the “chains that bind” blog entry. But, we can choose the opposite. I chose to see the positive; the fantastic positive memory creating element the picture can represent.

We pick and choose to see what we want to see and ultimately believe. I’m sure there are scores of you out there, who live and work in environments that are toxic and negative to the “nth degree.” Something occurs that we see as positive, most others choose to see the negative.

Much of life, living and the way we see and react to it is a choice. I wish people would try seeing the positive in something for once. Just try it once! I bet people would be shocked at the result. Wow, a positive and wonderful memory we just created.

Shocked; surprised and bewildered, but in a positive way.

What colour are your glasses?

Just a few random thoughts.