Motto for 2019: Just be.
“To study the self is to forget the self” – Dogen 道元禅師
As I wrapped up my post for this morning (below) I wanted to get my motto and saying in this post and up top so I’m easily reminded. I really enjoy my Zen meditation, especially whilst sitting on a mountain top or in a bamboo forest in my Meditation VR app. Just be is of course a play on Nike’s “Just Do it.” People are always so busy doing things they forget to appreciate what is right in front of them. They race to buy that new thing, attend the next event, complete that next task. They forget to enjoy the magic and beauty of everyday life and they forget to live. “Just Do It” is a perfect motto for America, its capitalism, its never being satisfied and the underlying unhappiness that is satiated for a short time by consuming things. Better to “Just be,” and I think in even a tumultuous environment one can be happy and at peace.
It is Christmas Day 2018 at 6:25 AM. Usually I like to write a Christmas Eve post to reflect on Christmases past and the magic that comes only on that night but I have caught a cold and wasn’t feeling too well.
I just ran myself too ragged: we took a trip to Lake Tahoe and went snowboarding/skiing for a couple of days with our friends the Denmans. After skiing it was then lots of food and wine usually followed by a poor nights sleep. The altitude, extreme exhaustion and of course the wine all contribute to not sleeping well and so you’re never really recovered from the day before.
It is 9:19 on the day after Thanksgiving. I usually like to write a post on Thanksgiving day but the fact that we had a party the night before put a damper on getting up early and writing.
I did get up relatively early but had to clean up from the night before. Then it was on to preparation for the Thanksgiving meal. I was much more prepared this year because I left myself notes in addition to the recipes to guide me through everything. I’ve refined those notes this time and cooking the turkey, stuffing and gravy will be a breeze henceforth. I also just bought a new, high quality roaster because the coating on the pan of the cheap one we had was starting to come up. You certainly don’t want pan coating going into the gravy. So I checked on Amazon and found that being Black Friday and the day after Thanksgiving there were deals on good roasters.
It is 5:22 AM on Thursday, November 21st 2018. It is the day before Thanksgiving.
It is hard to believe we’re right in the middle of the holiday season already. My life has been a blur with the new job and the months have flown by. Usually I like to really absorb myself into the holidays starting with Halloween. But aside from an adventure in Texas this year for Halloween I wasn’t able to immerse myself into it as much as I would have liked.
Holiday season is upon us. Halloween came and went and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I’m just slightly late in the time frame I like to buy Christmas presents; I really enjoy getting my two boys great gifts but must get them before they sell out.