Theme for February: Resilience
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
It seems awe-inspiring to me how many possibilities exist in my life – how many different thoughts, feelings, and events could possibly happen, even in the next few moments. It’s like I’m a small, swirling, essential stream in an endless ocean of possibilities. Who knows what will happen in the next few hours, or even the next few seconds – what current of life will come and carry me along, what thoughts will waft me here and there, what surprises will suddenly show themselves? The verb ‘to surprise’ originally meant ‘to seize’, and it does sometimes seem like I’m seized, moment by moment, by one startling surprise after another. True, I don’t often think about this startling aspect of life – this tendency of life to be reborn and brand-new each moment – but it’s there, nonetheless. Each second, the shoreless ocean of my life shifts, a little or a lot, and a new and splendid surprise arises.
Delycia and I saw this sublime surprise on one of our walks this week – the sun rising behind snowy trees.
And here’s a painting of a sunrise surprise from Germany …