Aren’t those flowers beautiful?  They are protea, native to South Africa.  They are so very unique and very unusual.  Individually, each variety of the protea looks pre-historic.  They are not fragrant, nor are they very delegate.  They are mezmerizing!

My first exposure was 38 years ago, at my wedding.  My dear friend who is a hortoculturalist in Hawaii, brought two bouguets to my wedding.  I was shocked into being a fan.  I couldn’t get enough of them.  They looked prehistoric, so wild!  But their beauty is the culmination of the harmony of nature.  Spectacular!

Throughout this break week, I have been thinking about harmony and thought.  I watched WILD with Reese Witherspoon.  I had seen it before, but chose to view it with my new eyes.  While watching it and observing MKE links, I thought of the protea.  The harshness of the Pacific Crest Trail and the lessons from hardship that Cheryl learns along the way, reminded me of the tough protea plants, with tree like stalks and weird shapes.  But like  the wilderness of the Pacific Crest Trail, there is amazing beauty in these freakish blooms.   Yet, all, the PCT and the protea are products of nature and nature a product of thought.  

This week, in Haanel, 14:16

All things have their origin in mind, and appearances are the result of thought.  So that we see that things in themselves have no origin, permanency, or reality.  Since they are produced by thought, they can be erased by thought.

Although it doesn’t seem likely that harmony, the movie, WILD, the PCT, the protea, or me are in harmony, but we are.    This I find fascinating.  I am beginning to understand it all better and better.  Harmony, in the musical sense, is the combination of different notes from the same musical key put together to produce a sound stronger, truer, and fuller than a single note.


Through the Master Key Experience, I am learning to engage with my authentic self, finding I have harmony in my soul because I have identified my Definite Major Purpose, and am learning to keep it ever in the forefront of my mind, reminding myself of all my accomplishments while being in a constant state of gratitude.  The positivity in which I choose to be steeped is the result of the habits which have grown out of the exercises I learned to use, to reap that which I chose to sow.

Thus, I plant the seed of tomorrow’s success and gain an insurmountable advantage over those who cease their labor at a prescribed time.  When others cease their struggle, then mine begins and my harvest is full.  The Greatest Salesman in the World, Scroll 3, Og Mandino.

Trusting is also a part of harmony.  When my trust is in the Creator, the Maker of the universe, I have no reason to be anywhere but in the here and now.  I can do nothing about yesterday and have no control over tomorrow (which never comes).  I have control over myself NOW!  So……




About the author 


I am a veteran home educator, mother of 3, grandmother of one, who loves Living Life to the fullest and encouraging other mature individuals, like myself, to do the same – through Love, positivity, and self-directed thinking.
A decade ago, I made the decision to live my life according to my own terms. Of course, my terms are not your terms. That’s the beauty of this journey!
There is so much to discover!
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  1. I love how you link the flowers, the movie Wild, the MasterKeys, and Og. I have gained a different perspective briar of your experiences. Thank you! Good luck on your half marathon. You’ve got it.

    1. As always, you are a great encouragement! I had lots of thoughts of Cheryl from Wild, MKE, and Og. Of course, I did the half marathon with my recording playing over and over. Actually heard it 3 1/2 times. Not the fastest run BUT no need for an Aid Car at the finish……

  2. Louse I really enjoyed your post. Also I love your Marco Polo contributions and congrats on completing your 1/2 marathon

    1. Thanks, Paul! I am really enjoying getting to know everyone on Marco Polo. Hope your snow shoveling went well. Blessings!!!

  3. Louis so beautiful! What a gorgeous flower and reminder of the magnificent strength we have access to yet seldom use. Just like the stalks of the flower and the strength of Cheryl we each weather storms but have the resilience and capability to remain in harmony with our purpose and get there. I love how keeping it in the forefront of our minds happens with easy reminders and helps us maintain our harmony. Love being on this journey with you my friend.

    1. Thank you, Shaelyn. Its those easy reminders that become habits that make such an amazing difference. I, too, love being on this journey with you. Blessings!

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