On A Walk

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~The beautiful flower, in all her glory, drinking in the light of the sun, grows uninterruptedly in front of an old apartment building on a side-street in Busan, South Korea. Perhaps, many have walked past her today while she was radiating her uncontainable beauty. What is this beauty that we cannot contain?

She wasn’t fully bloomed and there was some dirt apparent on her petals, at closer look. I contemplated for a moment on the non-doing; the beingness of the flower. The powerfully simple essence of beauty was in and around the flower.

~Four sociable ducks in the glistening water. Drinking in the sun, bathing and socializing while catching a meal.

~ The sun’s light penetrates the forest and illuminates the intricacy of the leafless branches. I believe, adequately compared to the intricacy of the nervous system of the body. And what does this all mean? That we’re all connected, perhaps? And possibly at closer look, a bit more connected to our surroundings than we consciously realize.

 

New Year’s Eve Gift From A Stranger

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On New Year’s Eve, I was walking through Nampo-Dong and an artist insisted he draw a picture of me for free. The piece took him about 1 hour to complete and when finished, he handed me the artwork and asked if I were an American. I said, “Yes, I am,” and then he responded, “Good luck,” followed by a warm smile.

The action of him taking the time to draw me made my heart swell with gratitude. Sitting for this drawing attracted several onlookers, smiles, waves and compliments.

It was ultimately a kind gesture that culminated in a heart-warming, beautiful memory of New Year’s Eve.