now that the day of winter solstice has passed
we are already adding seconds/minutes of daylight to each new day
working our way back toward the summer solstice
i hope to use the extra light wisely.
6,400,099,980 moments constitute a single day. every single one of those moments provides an opportunity to reestablish our will. even the snap of a finger provides us with sixty-five opportunities to wake up and to choose actions that will produce beneficial karma and turn our lives around.”
-dogen zenji-13th century zen master
(as quoted by ruth ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being.)
hell’s kitchen at night, new york
“hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”
new york, ny, usa – nonmember 2018
“finish each day and be done with it.
you have done what you could.
some blunders and absurdities
no doubt crept in;
forget these as soon as you can.
tomorrow is a new day.
you shall begin it serenely
and with too high a spirit
to be encumbered
with your old nonsense”
-ralph waldo emerson
july full moon – ann arbor summer
i stopped to fill up with gas
and grab a cup of coffee
when heading out of town
and home once more.
as i paid and told
the very happy and chatty clerk
to have a good day
he glanced across the street
at the beautiful view he sees each day
and thanked me for reminding him
because every day was good
and especially today
because today was the day
that he was going to win the lottery
but somehow i thought that he already had.
“i count myself lucky,
having long ago won a lottery paid to me
in seven sunrises a week for life.”
“keep on going and the chances are
you will stumble on something,
perhaps when you are least expecting it.
i have never heard of anyone
stumbling on something sitting down.”
– charles kettering
that she understood this, while many people with the gift of sight, do not, but she was the one with the true sense of vision.
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.