Saturday, August 1, 2015

Friends



It was me, you, and that cheerleader girl, I think her name was Linda. We were biology partners. We went on that biology field trip trudging through the weeds on a cool, sunny autumn day looking for something or other that we were supposed to collect and take back to the lab to ‘analyze’. Of course instead of heading back to the school lab, we headed over to the little mall that was close by. I don’t even think it’s there anymore. We walked around and ate lunch and talked. What we talked about escapes me now but I don’t suppose it was very important. After a couple of hours we went our own way. I still recall that day with great fondness even though I can’t remember too many details about it. It was just about being with friends and sharing a laugh or two while we were on the lam so to speak. Every day doesn’t have to be the Hope diamond and you don’t have to let it be a lump of coal either. Sometimes it’s the unexpected that brings the greatest joy.

Friday, July 31, 2015

So Simple



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We walk down a country road one early winter evening. The sun is a golden yellow setting beneath an orange sky. It feels like just you, me, and a few mooing cows are the only ones on earth. What a beautiful night it is. You can try to make the Dao into some kind of abstract, cosmic, scientific theory and maybe on some level it is but that level doesn’t matter now. It’s not about science or religion. Tonight it is as simple as something can be.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Practice Doesn't Always Make Perfect



They say that practice makes perfect but that isn’t the case. Sometimes we practice and get better and sometimes we practice and get nowhere. But then, the whole idea of perfect is a flawed one. I once spent a whole summer practicing golf. At the end of the summer, I wasn’t any better than I was at the beginning. I remember feeling so frustrated. I couldn’t understand what was happening, or not happening as the case may be. It wasn’t until sometime later that I realized that we have to practice right. If we are practicing wrong, we are doing more harm than good if we don’t realize it. If we want to be good at just about anything, we have to dedicate the time, dedicate the effort, and do things the right way. Practicing the teachings are no different. You cannot expect full-time results with part-time effort.