|Hope and Inspiration|
|"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." Mark Twain
Everything - mountains, rivers, plants, trees - should be your teacher.
It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. Sir Edmund Hillary
For me, and for thousands with similar inclinations, the most important passion of life is the overpowering desire to escape periodically from the clutches of a mechanistic civilization. To us the enjoyment of solitude, complete independence, and the beauty of undefined panoramas is absolutely essential to happiness. Bob Marshall
Because it's there. - George Mallory
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Imagination encircles the world." Unknown
"Every beautiful oak tree started out as a couple of nuts who stood their ground."Unknown
"People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care.
Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, this time more wisely."Unknown
What life has taught me so far.... by WildCondor
To love myself.
To never give up.
To be grateful every day for the gift of simply being alive.
To love and support my family and spend quality time together.
To never abandon someone you have promised to love forever.
To forgive others for their mistakes, we are all human.
To have boundless passion, love and value of my life.
To be healthy in body, the mind and spirit comes easy.
To have enthusiasm when I wake up, and peace of mind when I go to bed.
To use my energy and brains to empower others and light a fire under their ass.
To inspire and motivate others to love and respect the outdoors.
To be able to make people laugh, especially myself.
To know that I'm on the right path and it is full of opportunity.
To make the most with what I've been given, no matter how limited I am.
To take advantage of every opportunity and face every fear.
To always follow my heart, and trust my instincts.
To live having true friends and die having no regrets.
|"It takes courage to push yourself to places that you have never been before... to test your limits... to break through barriers. And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." Anais Nin|
|"I have sometimes been wildly, dispairingly, acutely miserable and racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a great thing." Agatha Christie|
|The best things in life are not things.
Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. -Dale Carnegie
WildCondor's Favorite Quote
The fight of my life...the fight of your life! Anytime you face your own mortality, you're life will never be the same. You will go through all the different emotions, anger, fear, sadness, depression, and finally, you learn to laugh! It is the way you choose to deal with the situation that will shape your future. You can choose to accept things as they are, and believe that "this is as good as it's gonna get", OR you can get yourself up off your "unlucky" butt and fight like hell. Lyme Disease, and any life-altering chronic disability changes your life in many ways. The challenge lies not only in your body fighting off this illness, but in your attitude. You have to fight! You don't have a choice! You only get one life, and regardless of what obstacles you are faced with, you have to find a way to overcome them, no matter how huge they are. Here are some simple quotations that have helped me keep my attitude and spirit focused on determination and positive thinking. I hope that you will find them refreshing and peaceful regardless of if you are sick or not. Remember, giving up is not an option. My favorite saying is this "we must embrace pain, and burn it as fuel on our journey."
|As long as the body draws breath, there is hope.|
|This page is dedicated to every individual who enters into this site in search of inspiration, love, and the personal strength and will to go on.
Please e-mail me and I will add your favorite or survival and victory story in!
|"The Strongest of Stones"
The most beautiful of stones have been tossed by the wind, washed by the waves, and polished to brilliance by life's strongest storms.
All graphics and photos and writings used within Wildcondor.com have been collected from sites offering free graphics, created by myself, or were given to me by friends or family. If you find your art that you personally created, please e-mail me for credit or removal.My desire is to give credit where credit is due. Thank you.
|I support LIVESTRONG, The Lance Armstrong Foundation.
I strongly suggest that anybody fighting Cancer and similar life threatening disease visit the Lance Armstrong Foundation Website, and support this amazing, and inspiring organization. Click on the link below to visit this great source of strength and support. (Links and logo posted with permission from LAF)
|Photo: A Special Cancer survivor Lisa's victory climb!|
|WildCondor is pleased to announce the expansion of this site to include a new collection of personal stories that focus on survivorship. The first page of the new stories is now available for viewing by clicking the link below. To submit your personal story of hope, endurance, courage and bravery, please email email@example.com. Enjoy!|
|Get out there...and LIVE!
Do it right NOW!!!
|I mean business people...get out there and LIVE..and do it NOW....there is no time for hesitation, excuses or limitation...if you have always wanted to do something...go do it! If you love someone..tell them...don't wait because you might not be here tomorrow. Get off the internet and go LIVE!|
|The Journey of the Inward Warrior
by Molly Dyche
I decided to take a few moments to copy and paste a post I recently put under someone elses comment and put it into my notes because i think it may or may not help a few. As the majority of you know I have had chronic Lyme disease probably most of my life but didnt become full blown unable to function since 2004. It has been an amazing journey of self discovery and I wanted to share some of what my experience has uncovered.
In the post the person question fellow lymies the following:
If those of us with illnesses were to sit in bed and sob uncontrollably, how long would it take until our friends stopped calling us brave and said we were a basket case? Can a good cry be a sign of bravery, too? Who among us is not brave while fighting a disease that threatens to take away our quality of life or life itself?
My response was the following...
Being a basket case and crying stripped down everything that defined who I was as a person before I was ill. This although painful and traumatic at times created a new me who lives with true inner joy and which is what defines who I am today. The journey of the inward warrior is the greatest gift I could have ever imagined and could not have occurred to this level had I never contracted this disease. And for that I am grateful.
if you really think about it, every experience...good or bad...that you have shapes who you are and how you interpret the world around you...this does not exclude the life of our children...they also will be touched by both struggles and triumphs in their lifetimes..... When i first became ill i used to cry over how my troubles and the hills Ive climbed also shape my child's life...and i didnt want my weaknesses/hardships to shape his experience...which is a natural feeling of any parent (as we naturally want to protect)...but awareness tells us that we all fail our children... because we are imperfect....and as long as we continue to reflect on one another, we will not be completely flourished...it will go on an on, as it always has.... and your child will not escape the influences of just plain old being alive whether its good or bad....this has always been true...I believe you are the product of your parents and they are a product of you and your children are the product of you and you are a product of them. I also think this applies to others as well. You are who I am looking back....we are all reflecting our experience and creating new definition of ourselves etc... so on and so forth....
I believe being authentic to yourself is the greatest gift you can give your child over being physically healthy and able to attend all the soccer games. Show them the way to strength and love and how to deal with tough situations while being authentic and true to yourself and you have blessed them with all your love. ALWAYS always always find the gift in every situation and you can be joyful beyond measure...and as a result you will pass that naturally down to your child and anyone else who touches your life. You may or may not be able to change the physical situation, but you can change how you view the world around you and the world inside you and, that, once viewed through the lens of love and joy can never be touched by anyone....forever! =)
Think about if nothing ever bad happened in the history of all that has ever lived.... would life have been as dynamic and diverse as it is now? Bad things define what is good and give opportunity to creating new understanding , not just to you but to all of us. I think that forgiveness goes beyond accepting the bad things that people, things or events have done or happened. Forgiveness IMO is accepting that your core has been altered and with that you are showing respect and gratefulness it for changing your souls outlook to define a new understanding of yourself...and you creating new understanding in yourself is thus the most loving act you can do towards the rest of us....
thoughts to be continued......forever...
|Artwork by Molly Dyche|