3 Feb 2020 (Day 10 of Lunar New Year)
“此时此刻最美好” has been on my mind for some time. The phrase, made up of 7 Chinese characters literally means “now is the best time.” In translation it doesn’t seem much, especially when the context is unknown. But somehow, when the thought is conveyed in Chinese, it has an almost poetic feel to it even as it stands alone. At least for someone like me.
I cannot recall when & how these words came into my consciousness, except that I like the way the first 4 character look and how they sound when spoken. Plus I can pronounce them with some accuracy and enjoy doing so.
Thinking that I could have heard or seen the phrase as the title of a song or book, I did some online search but my effort yielded little.
But what I do know is that these 7 characters amply capture my state of mind whenever I have pictures taken.
For once a happy moment passes, there will never be another one identical to it, ever again.
So I try to project an energy of gratitude & connection with all beings each time a photo opportunity occurs.
And instead of worrying about my physical shortcomings, I try to be fully present with feelings of gratitude & acceptance.
Because in the days ahead and especially if they happen to be difficult ones, I hope to be able to look back at old pictures and say, “Yes, those were truly joyous times. And whatever happiness others have received, I’ve been given freely too. So there’s no room in my heart for jealousy or envy when others receive good things.”
And in the midst of mask buying and news of man-made disasters, I wish all my friends the equanimity to locate the various joys in their life and draw strength from them to sail through the winds of change.