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Humility

…even in the presence of the least petal and the slimmest grass blade, we are but humble guests of the grassland.

“The path to prairie is humility, sibling to awe. Within the prairie’s vast beauty and mystery, we must accept our smallness, set aside our arrogant dominion, know that even in the presence of the least petal and the slimmest grass blade, we are but humble guests of the grassland.”

—Thomas Dean, Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit

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Cairns

“Paying attention attunes us to wonder. We look around us and are astonished at the complexity of a leaf, the gymnastics of a squirrel, the grandeur of an approaching thunderstorm. We notice a delicate, yet strong spiderweb glistening with dewdrops. We discover a maple tree in spring, dripping icicles of sweet sap, and we taste and take the very essence of tree inside of us.” —Cindy Crosby, Chasing Dragonflies

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