Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest: Solitude & Strength
“I usually find myself hiking in a place that not a lot of people go hiking, just trying to find some solitude. I like being out in the middle of nowhere. Not always, but it’s a good place to go to just reflect and think, and it’s something I really enjoy.” Rami Malek
The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is a glorious spot: rugged, isolated, pristine.
The drive up into the White Mountains rises to almost 11,000 feet, following many twists and turns. With each mile, a bit more of my cares and worries always slip away. The stark beauty makes it seem as if I am nearing the top of the world, especially since the vistas let me see for miles.
There are other visitors to this impressive locale—even rangers and a visitor center—but also beautiful natural details. But I rarely see anyone, and—if I do—it is easy to get away from them to be alone. That solitude is welcoming, enticing. It is the solitude coupled with the harsh beauty and the strength of the trees that make the forest a place to think, dream, reflect. It is impossible not to notice the miracles of nature all around and to not recognize how puny and insignificant any personal problems and worries really are.
It is the wondrous trees themselves, however, that offer a great lesson on life. They are some of the oldest living things on the planet, most at least 3,000 years old. Some are more than 4,000 years old and others even more than 5,000 years. Each tree survives in these harsh conditions. They stand twisted and gnarled, but also strong, persistent, steadfast, tenacious, determined. Such marvelous traits would help us all stay sound and grounded in our crazy modern world.
We can learn a lot from the ancient bristlecone pine.
“Tenacity is essential for accomplishment in anything you do. Without drive, determination and a strong-willed attitude, one’s level of success at many endeavors will be limited in scope.” Gabriella Marigold Lindsay
“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” Napoleon Hill
SOME QUOTES ON SOLITUDE, STRENGTH & TENACITY
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“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” Desmond Tutu
“Loneliness expresses the pain of being alone and solitude expresses the glory of being alone.” Paul Tillich
“Identify the barriers in your life, and develop discipline, courage and strength to permanently move beyond them, and keep moving forward.” Germany Kent
“Solitude is creativity’s best friend, and solitude is refreshment for our souls.” Naomi Judd
“It is not the opposition a man faces that determines his rise or fall in life but his tenacity to dare to soar and to pursue to higher heights.” Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
“In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.” Laurence Sterne
“I don’t necessarily sit around inviting life to knock me down, but when it does I don’t wait around for an invitation to stand back up either.” Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Solitude is independence.” Hermann Hesse
“You need to believe in yourself and what you do. Be tenacious and genuine.” Christian Louboutin
“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.” Albert Einstein
“When faced with a challenge, your size is not as important as having a strong and tenacious spirit.” Melchor Lim
“Solitude has its own very strange beauty to it.” Liv Tyler
“Tenacious people don’t rely on luck, fate, or destiny for their success. And when conditions become difficult, they keep working.” John C. Maxwell
“I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.” Henry David Thoreau
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.” Calvin Coolidge
“We need society, and we need solitude also, as we need summer and winter, day and night, exercise and rest.” Philip Gilbert Hamerton
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” Arnold Schwarzenegger
“It is only in solitude that I ever find my own core.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh
“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are stronger at the broken places.” Ernest Hemingway
“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me. . . . You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” Walt Disney
“Highest of heights, I climb this mountain and feel one with the rock and grit and solitude echoing back at me.” Bradley Chicho
“Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.” William Ellery Channing
“Solitude sharpens awareness of small pleasures otherwise lost.” Kevin Patterson
“What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.” Ellen Burstyn
“I love people. I love my family, my children. . . but inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that’s where you renew your springs that never dry up.” Pearl S. Buck