Monday, December 13, 2010

Contemplative Monday


" A tradition, I thought, is like an old man: it must be taken care of; taken with a grain of salt; taken for what it is: precious, limited, a window into the past and, properly plumbed, a door to the future. There we stand at the hinge, making it all happen----or not...."




While reading an article by Shozan Jack Haubner, a Zen practitioner who lives in the U.S., from which the above quote is taken, I couldn't help but think of my father.




The article, in the Shambhala Sun magazine,  was about the author's experience looking after a very old Zen master, his teacher.







11 comments:

  1. Yah, he is so right!

    How is your Dad doing, BTW?

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  2. Sharon, thanks for asking. My Dad is doing very well....as alert as ever. Not bad for almost 95!!!

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  3. Your photos are beautiful, Jim. Love the tiny ships on the horizon, the shaft of rain in the distance. And I love the quote about tradition. I try to preserve some of our family holiday traditions to provide sweet memories for my children and grandchildren as they remember their childhoods. I fondly remember many of my childhood experiences about this time of year and the role my grandparents and parents shared in making them for me. I want to be remembered in that way when I'm long gone.
    Have a good week, and cherish these times with your dad, which I think you do. As I read your posts about him, I can tell that he is special to you.

    Liz

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  4. Liz, yes, I do cherish this time I am spending with my father. He was so preoccupied with my Mom's health issues, that we never had a chance to 'bond' in any meaningful way. I am very thankful for these past three years in which I can enjoy quality time with him.

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  5. Whata gorgeous view!! You're so lucky you get to wake up to all that beauty everyday :) As for your comment on the blog soup post, I think there are so many wonderful blogs out there, that most readers are pressed for time when trying to touch base with all their favorites. So I try to stay away from very long posts. Of if I do have a lot to say, I break it up into little "nuggets"... a post for each point I want to make. Not only does it allow for more blog fodder, but it also makes the content more manageable for the reader :) Thanks for stopping by and sharing your input!

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  6. Well chosen captures to go with the Zen mood Jim!You are so blessed to have your Dad for such a long time...no need to tell you to cherish every moment.

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  7. you have a nice relationship with your did...I envy that!

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  8. John, It wasn't always this way. I have learned that it is never too late to try again.....and it worked for me!

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  9. Wow. What a beautiful series. I love your posts. You often make me think deeply.

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  10. I love your photos, Jim. I love how close the clouds look to the sea. The photos and the quote ... contemplative.

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  11. Oh, I love that vista. Your father is a very blessed man to have you care so deeply for him. I wish all senior citizens could be so loved and respected. I think our culture of independence has made many of us unlikely candidates as either caregivers, or receivers of care from our families. I wonder how they did it in the old countries, where the same house stayed in the family for generations. The grandparents helped with the grandchildren, and no one would think of turning an old person out of the family home. I wonder what the secret was? Perhaps it was not having the option to do it any other way...or not wanting to, because the intergenerational life helped everyone.
    Sometimes, I wish it were still so.

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