We Don't Say Goodbye

Some time ago I learned that a close friend's friend was killed in the earthquake in Nepal.

He was one of the climbers on Everest when the avalanche engulfed them.

He was a climber. He didn't have to be there. He was a visitor who chose that time and place; a once in a lifetime journey.

He was doing what he chose to do. One never knows.  We take risks every day.

We close the door. We don't say goodbye.

 

So, what does one do?

"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree." said Martin Luther.

 

 

Should we modify our behavior to avoid risk?  Should we hide in our house?

"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying" says Woody Allen

 

 

No.  That is the last thing we should do.

"When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself" said the monk,  Shunryu Suzuki

 

 

We must go on about our business, always.  You have something important to do...do it. If not now, when? If you have something to find, chances are that it will find you.

 The Zen master Hui Hai said... "Search and you will lose it. Do not search and you will immediately find it. Stop and it will be right here. Run and it will not be anywhere." 

 

A few times in my life I have waited too long. I was waiting for something to happen...for someone to find me...to get ready for something that didn't happen.

I don't do that anymore.

"A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him." said Ezra Pound

 

 

 

 

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Comments 4

 
Ken Hartke on Wednesday, 13 June 2018 17:35

I may have posted this before -- I sometimes need to revisit it. I occasionally need to give myself a kick in the pants.

I may have posted this before -- I sometimes need to revisit it. I occasionally need to give myself a kick in the pants.
Stephen Evans on Friday, 15 June 2018 01:43

Sound advice Ken.

Sound advice Ken.
Rosy Cole on Saturday, 23 June 2018 17:02

Much deep wisdom here. Thank you!

To be honest, I'd rather never say goodbye...

No matter what plans we have for the future, it's good to bear in mind that this might be the last day/ occasion we see that person, and to act accordingly and truthfully. It encourages us to live in the moment and make it the best we can, a lens through which we may swiftly sort out priorities. We're all on a pilgrimage, meeting, parting, paths diverging, rejoining... Some people and venues we carry always in heart and memory. I feel it keeps the bond closer if there has been no farewell. Their presence is ever with us and we know we shall meet again in another landscape. At all events, I find that consoling on many fronts.

The Martin Luther quote is reminiscent of St Francis of Assisi who, when asked how he would change his life if he knew the apocalypse was imminent, said it would find him digging his garden as usual.

The Ezra Pound quote, so true!

btw, you haven't posted this before. You can always check by using the Search Box and filters :-)


Much deep wisdom here. Thank you! To be honest, I'd rather never say goodbye... No matter what plans we have for the future, it's good to bear in mind that this might be the last day/ occasion we see that person, and to act accordingly and truthfully. It encourages us to live in the moment and make it the best we can, a lens through which we may swiftly sort out priorities. We're all on a pilgrimage, meeting, parting, paths diverging, rejoining... Some people and venues we carry always in heart and memory. I feel it keeps the bond closer if there has been no farewell. Their presence is ever with us and we know we shall meet again in another landscape. At all events, I find that consoling on many fronts. The Martin Luther quote is reminiscent of St Francis of Assisi who, when asked how he would change his life if he knew the apocalypse was imminent, said it would find him digging his garden as usual. The Ezra Pound quote, so true! btw, you haven't posted this before. You can always check by using the Search Box and filters :-)
Ken Hartke on Monday, 25 June 2018 15:11

I like that we carry all of those memories and people with us -- it is a healing thing, a first-aid kit. They say humans are the only beings that are aware of our own temporary existence. I don't believe that entirely. The "dumb animals" that seemingly don't know any better, don't fritter away their lives or procrastinate as we do but go about their business and make the best of it. Even cats in their own way...I guess. :)

I like that we carry all of those memories and people with us -- it is a healing thing, a first-aid kit. They say humans are the only beings that are aware of our own temporary existence. I don't believe that entirely. The "dumb animals" that seemingly don't know any better, don't fritter away their lives or procrastinate as we do but go about their business and make the best of it. Even cats in their own way...I guess. :)
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