Live + Life = Joy
As I meandered through July, I realized how quickly time passed like a flickering lightning bug. I enjoyed doing my projects, being with friends, enjoying nature, volunteered, and spending time with my husband and Chico. Life is full of joy and contentment when you choose what you like to do!
I recently read a Zen story that reminded me to live Life to the fullest at this moment. Of course, not everything is positive, but Life comes in various packages.
Inch Time Foot Gem
A lord asked Takuan, a Zen teacher, to suggest how he might pass the time. He felt his days very long attending his office and sitting stiffly to receive the homage of others.
Takuan wrote eight Chinese characters and gave them to the man:
Not twice this day
Inch time foot gem.
This day will not come again.
Each minute is worth a priceless gem. No matter how uncomfortable the bus ride, how horrendous the airline food, or how saggy the bed is, remember: this moment will not come again.
“And in the end, it’s not the years in your Life that count. It’s the Life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln
“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” – Arthur Rubinstein