I will not…

let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”
Mahatma Gandhi

It is with some deep retrospect I find myself looking inside for understanding. Reflecting on what influence my life. Ever do it? It’s some hard work. It forces you to make decisions to change. The ultimate goal is to be at peace with my life and what and who I let in it. So perhaps the quote of conciseness can help with that. I will not let (that is taking the power into your own hands) anyone (stranger, friend, family, etc..) walk though my mind (give much thought to negativity of other people) with their dirty feet (their own negative burdens). Beautiful. My soul, mind, heart. My life. Ownership.

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A few things to sweeten your day:

Caño Cristales – the “river of five colors,” “the river that ran away from paradise,” and “the world’s most beautiful river.”

A brief description from wiki:

For most of the year, Caño Cristales is indistinguishable from any other river: a bed of rocks covered in dull green mosses are visible below a cool, clear current.

However, for a brief period of time every year, the river blossoms in a vibrant explosion of colors. During the short span between the wet and dry seasons, when the water level is just right, a unique species of plant that lines the river floor called Macarenia clavigera turns a brilliant red. It is offset by splotches of yellow and green sand, blue water, and a thousand shades in between.

This only happens for a brief period in between seasons. During Colombia’s wet season, the water flows too fast and deep, obscuring the bottom of the river and denying the Macarenia clavigera the sun that it needs to turn red. During the dry season there is not enough water to support the dazzling array of life in the river. But for a few weeks from September through November, the river transforms into a veritable living rainbow.

Caño Cristales is located in a remote, isolated area not easily accessible by road. Adventurous tourists can now fly into the nearby town of La Macarena. From there it is a short trip into “Serrania de la Macarena,” the national park in which Caño Cristales is located.

It is a succession of rapids, waterfalls, correones and pocetas whose waters flow from the plateau south of the Serranía de la Macarena, where this birth, behind the oldest tepuis of the Sierra in a rugged area in which numerous rock paintings are still unexplored.

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The beauty:

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Brown-striped brittle stars, Astroporpa annulata,- Sebastians Reef.

Image courtesy of Islands in the Stream 2001, NOAA/OER

The beast:

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Carukia barnesi. A tiny jellyfish found off the coast of Australia.

Their venom causes what is known as Irukandji syndrome.

“Irukandji syndrome includes an array of systemic symptoms, including severe headache, backache, muscle pains, chest and abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, sweating, anxiety, hypertension, tachycardia and pulmonary edema. Pain is often so severe that patients have been reported as begging their doctors to kill them to get it over with. One unusual symptom associated with the syndrome is a feeling of “impending doom”. Symptoms generally abate in four to 30 hours, but may take up to two weeks to resolve completely.”

*I am making this my life song*

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! May you have love in your heart for life – so big it overflows and touches everyone you meet!

 

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