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Clear skies and calm seas-
a cool breeze caresses;
A light shower relieves the mid-day heat,
before the storm clouds head inland.
Fuji looms large on the horizon,
the climb yet to come.
Relaxing on a beach in Chiba,
wondering what's to come.
A return? Some day...
Until then, I shall rekindle
magnificent memories .
~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao
At times, it is easy to judge life as too difficult, to see all of our struggles as for naught. In this mode of despair, it is nearly impossible to take happiness when it comes.
There is admittedly a great deal of suffering in this world. You can find horrors on every continent, within every culture. But if we accept the sad parts of life, we must also embrace the good aspects. As long as we are in the world, we must accept it all. We cannot go half-way, wondering what will come our way but never investing ourselves to get there. We look for other people to validate our enjoyment, or to deny it. We all know every rise is invariably followed by a fall. We dwell upon the future, dreading the unforeseen consequences of our actions. As long as we have behaved responsibly, what is there to fear?
Look at the house cat, as it lounges contentedly on the back of the couch, taking in the sun. There is no thought about the next moment; the cat is entirely in the present. Rest assured, the cat may still clean its fur, leap upon a wayward mouse, or scratch at the window screen. But the animal is not anxious about the world. When required, the cat leaps into action, purely and totally at one with its spirit. Acting as if it claimed Nature's Favored-title, the cat dares anyone to challenge its claim. No one dares.
Respect the cat, both big and small.