This mouse hitched a ride with a frog during a monsoon flooding in India (National Geographic). Opportunity knocks, you don’t waste time thinking about it, you “do it”.
This mother bear takes her young cub up the hillside, I doubt she contemplated too much before beginning her trip. She needed to reach her destination, so she simply took the path as it opened up for her.
Me,I contemplate, cogitate, explore, and dwell on things far too much. I know that is one of my lessons in life, I still do it. Intellectually I know that, now is what counts, now is what matters. I also know the choices I make I’m responsible for, and I have to take ownership for whatever choices I make.
Out today, the 24th of December, the day was gray, dull, overcast, with a light rain as our constant companion while outdoors. Inside the shops, last-minute shoppers were busy scurrying around trying to beat the clock. Stores were closing early so employees could get home to start their own holiday activities.
I was waiting for the phone call that would tell me my husband would be on the way to pick me up. I had time on my hands, so I began to pick up the stuffed animals left on the floor by previous shoppers. I picked each animal up and put him/her on display on the empty racks that were at the end of the aisles. Many at least over half of the toys were barely played with, if at all.
Their soft cuteness made it a temptation to bring them all home. So many children do without at this time of year.
Ok there are no easy answers to the philosophical questions that come up at this time of year. But I know that I want to make a difference. Can I, will I, only time will tell.. I do know that NOW, is the time for me to make a new start, to really apply myself with makoto (sincerity) at being more aware of how choices I make impact others and society.
Life is a gift, and how much we appreciate this gift, comes back to the choices we make. Life presents the opportunities it is up to us to make the best of the challenges that come our way.
Hang in there
Today is Now
You are doing just fine
It will be tomorrow
and tomorrow will be NOW.
Mama bear made it to the top!
There is nothing you can’t do!
I believe in you.
Namaste – Oyashikiri