Saturday, September 23, 2006

This is the Best Season of Your Life

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter.
If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.


How many different things distract us from what is happening in our lives right now, at this very moment? How many different things pull our attention away from the people we are interacting with right now? Is thinking about your reply really more important than giving the person with whom you are speaking your undivided attention? Is worrying about your destination more important than experiencing and appreciating the journey? If you're worried about the destination, you never really experience the journey—you might as well have been asleep. There is a time to plan. Chances are that the amount of time you've already devoted to planning greatly exceeds what is necessary. So why not just stop running through all the possible scenarios and just listen to the sounds accompanying you on your journey?

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