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"Putting Self To Death" by Rolly A. Chabot

Updated on April 27, 2013




Good morning to all and welcome to a new place for the gathering at the Fireside. We find ourselves In the mountains this morning and loving what is all around us. It is good to have you here. Nature has a way of touching me in a special way.

Last night I was on the Bow River fishing. I was in my insulated chest waders and I can tell you the water is just above freezing and it is still what I would call winter conditions. It was 7 when I got started and close to 9 but the time I made it back to my point of entry. The score at the end of the evening was Rolly 4 and the fish zero. Two beautiful fully coloured Rainbow trout, one good sized Brown Trout and one very large Bull trout. The good news is after they were admired I let them go back into the river to be caught another day.

On the way back I stood on a sand bar and watched 5 majestic elk taking their evening drink. They showed no fear of me and I was able to stand in awe of these animals. What a blessing to be a part of what lay before me watching the evening draw to a close.

I would like to just ramble a little of some of the thoughts I had yesterday after arriving here in this playground created for so many to enjoy. So gather around and I do hope you find some peace here. Be blessed and know that you are dearly loved.

The Beauty


New Life


Learning and Teaching

As many of you know I love to observe nature as she can speak so much into our daily lives if we take the time to stop, study and allow her to speak into us. While on a hike yesterday this picture spoke so much about life in many ways. Let me share with you what I draw from this picture.

When we are young older people such as a our parents and mentors try to teach and speak into our lives. They point out downfalls they see in how we are living and maybe it is their way of trying to save us future pain and suffering. My Dad was a very wise man and we would have long discussions over the way he would see me turning. My response of course was to listen while he spoke and yet return to my own ways of destruction. I laugh today thinking of one such occasion when I had just turned thirty. Dad and I were sitting in a boat fishing on a lake and I looked at Dad and asked him when he had become so filled with wisdom. He just laughed and looked at me and smiled. "Son no matter what you have done in life I have prayed for you, I have loved you in the good and the bad and I will always love you. You have learned well and will continue to learn, even after I have gone. There will be a day when it will be you whom is the teacher Son."

Here I see what was once a wise and knowing tree, standing tall over its domain. It lived a good life and like my dad has passed on. It set it's roots deep in the ground and reached as high and lofty a goal as it could. It provided shade, comfort and spoke to the many around it.

Yet even in its death it is providing nutrients for the young growing in its shadow. It is offering guidance and direction for the young roots which are following the old. Nutrients are given even in its decay. It is a cycle in nature and no different for us in life. The seeds that have been planted into us at an early age sooner or later will bear fruit. It is very possible this young tree is a descendent of the one that has passed before.

The Young


The Old and Wise Teach


We learn

You see no matter where you are there will be challenges. Take this Lady Bug for example. New to the world again in the spring of the year. The scar in the branch is part of its world. The sap that will run soon will be a source of food. For now it simple continues along as it has nothing to offer. Much the same as we did in our youth, wandering into a new and unknown world.

The Mountain Goats in this picture I captured yesterday are both young and old. The older ones have one thing in mind and that is to find food in the new grass on the hillside. They are willing to walk through the scars in the hillside to reach their goal. I watched the young. They were more interested in frolic and were reluctant to step out onto the unknown of the unstable ground.

We can learn so much from nature. We can learn so much from the experience of others, we can learn so much from each other if we are wiling to take the time to listen. Thank you for taking the time to sit at the Fireside. Take the time today to think of where you are at and what you may be leaving behind or better yet what you teach in your daily life. Above all know that you are dearly loved...

© Rolly A. Chabot

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Lastheart ... Welcome to the Fireside... I was indeed blessed to have the time alone in nature and with Him. It is a time when all else is shut out and you learn about who you are.

      It is not long before you learn you need to depend on your skills and learn to begin to like yourself. I as very fortunate to have the time I did.

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Fossillady... Thanks for the comment and Dad was a great teacher in so many ways. Not sure if I learned all that much though. We did have some great times together.

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Lovely! I relate to these words. I love Puerto Rico, but we do not have all that big space, enough to not hear human voices. This is very important: "My response of course was to listen while he spoke ." Words will give fruit in their own time.

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      Kathi 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      I love the story about you and your dad in the boat . . . and how you've become what he said you would, the wise one who teaches! Very nice to have read your page this morning, Rolly! I feel inspired, Kathi

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Tamarajo... so glad you were able to come along on a walk with this hub. Yes animals are something to be respected. I have run into some frightening situations over the years especially with bear and cougar. It is a chance we take when we venture beyond the boundaries.

      If I have learned one thing about wild animals is that if you pose no threat to them they will generally leave you alone.

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Alicia... Thanks for the visit and yes Dad had a special way about him, soft, kind, gentle and loving. He is missed and yes Dad loved his nature and payed close attention to the little things...

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Always... thank you for the comment and I find people are so caught up today with the latest techie gadgets they are missing all these wonderful sounds.

      I laughed a few years ago while out in the back country the people who were along were restless without some noise. Yet even in silence there sounds to catch your attention.

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Christy... great to have you drop in at the Fireside... Thanks for your kind words and the share. We do have such a connection with nature and can relate to many of her mysteries yet it is so simple when we take the time to study her closely...

      Hugs and Blessings from Alberta

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Maralexa... Thanks for stopping at the Fireside and pleased to read you have taken the time to ponder these few words. At the end of each day I think it a good thing to ponder on what the day has been like and maybe make a note of those things you can change... it is a practice I have come to appreciate more each day...

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Happyboomernurse .... so good to have you visit again. It has been a while since we contacted but what a blessing it is to see you at the Fireside again.

      Glad you were able to find some peace in reading this little offering. Nature has so much to offer when we sit and think of what she speaks into our lives. Far to often I think we pass the little things in search of the bigger and better and yet fail to stop and look at the intricacy of the little things and the purpose they serve as part of the bigger picture. Take the leave that has falen from a tree, study its purpose and it is a small miracle, once on the ground it is returned to become fertilizer for other plants.

      Hugs and Blessings and thanks for the share

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Good Morning drbj.... Thanks for stopping in and saying hello. Yes the water was cold but with insulated waders and some warm jogging pants on it was not all that bad.

      A true fisherman just grits their teeth and struggles on. Catch a fish like the ones I caught and all is forgotten anyway. Glad you enjoyed the water from a distance...

      Much love and blessings

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Deb... thank you ever so much for the encouragement and kind words. Nature is pure and so nourishing to the soul when we take the time to drink her in and all she has to offer.

      God has indeed blessed us all..

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Leslie... big wave from over the flat land to you. Yes thats me the light that has been burning all night. Unable to sleep and a great deal has been accomplished. My latest novel "Windspeaker" has been completed and it looks like it will be a two novel series.

      Thank you for all the kind words, you are far to gracious. Great to call you friend...

      Hugs and Blessings from Alberta

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Gypsy... aw thank you my friend for the kind words and thoughts you have left. I am blessed to hear that you had those years with your Dad. They are memories to cherish indeed, he lives through the gift he gave to you and that is your writing. I would love to see you write about your dad and his successes in life.

      Hugs back from me and Quigley to your home...

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Sannel... Bamse kramar to you as well my friend. Yes it was a wonderful experienced and such a great time of getting recharged again. I do love the mountains and the power and majesty they show. It is truly a place of wonder and a place created to be looked upon as a personal playground...Glad you were able to come along and hopefully it gave you some peace and joy...

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Tamarajo 5 years ago

      inspiring and thought provoking writing. The images were very useful to your message. I love the lessons in nature as well.

      "since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made" ~ Ro. 1

      The world nature video is really nice too. Like going for a visual walk.

      I think I would have been frightened of the elk you encountered and even more afraid of running into a bear on a real nature hike in your area.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Ah, yes, the beauty of nature teaches its own lessons. We are in agreement that we must listen in a special way...

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for sharing your father's wisdom as well as your own, Rolly. I agree with you - we can learn so much from nature. She has much to teach us.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The sound of the critters in the video instilled a calmness. I find the older i get the more i enjoy nature. You are a great teacher Rolly. Thank you...

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Rolly, this is one of my faves of yours so far! Well done, and the connections to nature are beautiful. Sharing and vote up :)

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      Marilyn Alexander 5 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

      Your images and your words truly inspire me. Thank you. I will take more time to notice what I teach in my daily life.

      "Take the time today to think of where you are at and what you may be leaving behind or better yet what you teach in your daily life. Above all know that you are dearly loved..."

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      I felt enraptured, uplifted and surrounded by love simply reading this, looking at the stunning pictures through your eyes and wisdom, and listening to the video with the lovely bird songs.

      Thanks so much for posting this hub.

      Voted up across the board except for funny and shared.

      Sending Hub Hugs & Love,


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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      The fishing seems like fun, Rolly, but the freezing water, NOT! Thanks for sharing your beautiful thoughts about appreciating nature, as well as outstanding photos with us. Hope your weekend is going well.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Rolly just know you are well loved we all love you and your

      Wonderful words of encouragement for us. Gods

      Creation the world what the Lord made for us. Gods t blessings

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      And..i learn so much from YOU, my friend! You are clearly an old soul - born with knowledge that younger souls take lifetimes to learn!

      For instance - learning from others, or mother nature! Seeing how the old teach the young - and the young respect the old..

      passing the torch is what it's all about - otherwise - how does one learn the proper track?

      you are awesome, Rolly - just in case you haven't been told yet today!


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Truly inspirational and love the pics. Memories are precious and your dad was truly a wise man. That's why I have always wished I could have had my dad for longer than 10 years. Hugs and blessings to you. Love to Quigley from Sid and me and passing this on.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi anniebetty... so very true and should you ever hurt their feeling they are so very quick to forgive. We all could learn much from them. Quigley my dog teaches me that every day and reminds of what true love is all about.

      Thank you again for the visit to the Fireside and you sharing. I will be praying as well for the struggles of one. Keep in mind all that is taught in His name is never lost...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Eric my friend... so good to have you bless us. You my friend have a great love of nature just as I... amazing is it not. Makes us stop and realize just how small we are....

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Faith Reaper... thank you my friend for blessing the Fireside as always with your kind words and insights. I do think it important to sit back and reflect in lie and define who we are and or who we have become. Nature always speaks to me. Creation is so complex is it not and yet it offers such simple principles.

      Many Hugs and thanks for the share my friend...

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      anniebetty 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I love best the story about your father. What a memory to cherish. I often tell my children that there is nothing that they can say or do that will ever change how much I love them. They take my breath away, and I send prayers up for them all day in various ways. I have one who is particularly struggling right now. Every Sunday, I essentially place her on the altar. I know God is at work in her. In all of them.

      My dogs are a constant source of joy and delight. I was studying them the other day (they are yellow English Labs) and realized that their entire day is about being happy. They just love. They love each other. They love us. They love the UPS man and the cats. They particularly love butterflies. They love. They never worry about what their hair looks like or whether they are chubby or too thin. They never worry about what they look like when they jump with abandon off of the dock into our pond. They just set out to love. And isn't THAT a lesson for life?

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Billy... thank my friend and yes living ahead of the dragon is so much better... so blessed to know that you have stayed ahead of it...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Sannel 5 years ago

      What a beautiful, peaceful stay at the fireside. Thank you! I really needed this today. Rolly, your stay up in the mountains sounds wonderful. I so wish I could have been there, experience all this myself. It sounds so amazing.

      I loved to hear, that after the fish was admired, you let them go back into the river. That is truly wonderful!

      God Bless!

      Bamse kramar,


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      Eric Dierker 5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Awe, Awe and Awe. You made me count my blessings here my friend. Tears filled my eyes at the joy of my favorite things in your pictures.

      I beg thee keep writing so that this, your, time and space is held immortal.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Rolly,

      What a lovely and beautiful message here. Thank you for sharing about your time with your Dad and his wisdom.

      Yes, we can learn a lot indeed, if we just stop and listen and look around us. Your photos are amazing as always.

      Boy, that title was alarming, I must say! Now, I understand after reading this heartfelt hub about the cycle of life.

      I always enjoy our fireside chats, and today is no exception. That first paragraph catches one's attention with you in the freezing waters!

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless you. In His Love Always, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hello Rolly!

      Beautifully stated. The death of self. I know I had to slay the dragon before the true Bill could emerge....painful indeed, but oh so worth it.

      Blessings from Oly



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