Weather Confusion


The birth of yellow.

New blooms. In winter.

I’ve never seen this plant in the time that I’ve moved here. I’ll have to wait until these blooms open. I think I know what they might be, but I won’t know until I see them.

Sorta like life.

Make all the plans that you want. The minute you put them into action everything changes. Wise generals know you can plan and plan a battle, but the minute you step on the field everything changes. Former boxer Mike Tyson once said that you can make all the plans you want for a match, but the minute you get punched in the face those plans go out the window. That’s why I say to empty your mind and not to take the picture. Let the picture take you.

But, what do I know?

I’m still feeling my way as I go. Just like all the rest of us. I may know a lot about photography and some visual stuff, but what I don’t know about most of life could fill up the worlds largest land mass.

That said, this years single word koan is “learn.” I did learn. I learned mostly about me. That’s always good.  I learned a tiny bit about the world around me. Not enough. What should next years word be, do you think?

I’m all ears.

4 Comments

  1. This is a beautifully thoughtful post, Ray. Much of what you share resonates closely with some of my own end-of-year reflecting. Life is sometimes experienced as more difficult because we lose sight of opportunities to question and learn along the way. That’s an admonition more to myself than anyone else! Do keep track of this flowering plant and let us know, if possible. I certainly don’t recognize it as even close to anything I could identify!

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