February 2008

Posted: February 1, 2008 in Life

Celebrating Death

Often, we hear the phrase “to live well” without due consideration for the other axiom “to die well”. Yes, it’s not too morbid to think in that direction for it’s a certainty that our time on earth has an expiry date and death is one of the few things we can be sure of.

What does it mean to die well? Dying well means dying for others, making our lives fruitful for those we leave behind. The big question, therefore, is not “What can I still do in the years I’ve left to live?” but “How can I prepare for my death so that my life and the legacy I leave behind can continue to bear fruit in the generations that will follow me?”

~ penned 290208: 0122 ~

Written in Memory of Mary Manual, departed 29.02.2004

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Perspective I

Oft, life is about perspective…..like making a photograph. Stop-up/down the aperture and the depth of field becomes shallower or deeper. Adjust the focal length and the subject appears more distinct or less so. Change the angle of your camera and a world new world presents itself.

The last six months in Hong Kong (Sept 2007 – Feb 2008) for me have been about calibrating the inner scales to acquire the vital shift in perspective. It’s about taking a step back and fine-tuning the inner mechanisms to witness, in its full majesty, that the mountain, with all its grandeur, is only visibly clearer to the climber when viewed from a distance than at its foot.

~ penned 260208: 14:02 ~

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The Seasons of Love

Oh…..I want to feel again:

the benignity of spring
the buzz of summer
the beauty of autumn
the benevolence of winter!

~ penned 140208 ~

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