Touch

“Tone your wants and tastes low down enough, and make much of negatives, and of mere daylight and the skies.”*
(Walt Whitman)

The wonder and glory that is life is all around us.  This new year will be full of such and we only need open our eyes or listen for it or touch it – all ways of saying we are taking notice or paying attention.

Constantin Cavafy wrote of what the wise hear but others do not:

“In their intense meditation the hidden sound of things approaching reach them and they listen reverently while in the street outside the people hear nothing at all.”**

There’ll be much that passes us by in 2018 unless we find ways to be present and open to it.  Kosuke Koyama tells of how he touches the same pine tree in the same place each day on his way to work.  There’s something about being more present and connected in this simple action:

‘Touching my tree day after day, reminds me of time.  It tells me that I can only wait for time.  I cannot push or hold it.’^

The hidden sound of things approaching.  Happy New Year.

(*Walt Whitman quoted in Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings: Walt Whitman on What Makes Life Worth Living.)
(**Constantin Cavafy, quoted in Nassim Taleb’s Fooled by Randomness.)
(^From Kosuke Koyama’s Three Mile an Hour God.)

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