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snap.

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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.)

 

 

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finish each day.

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“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

 

 

 

lottery.

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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.”

~robert brault