Happiness and a fresh start in the morning
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. ~Mahatma Gandhi
This morning I’m going to turn to my favorite modern Taoist writer Deng Ming-Dao. We’ve discussed before that happiness is a choice https://ministryofhappiness.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/happiness-is-a-choice/ and that choice is no more evident than it is each morning as we wake up and start out days. So here’s one of Deng Ming-Dao’s daily meditations that addresses just that:
Seven geese pierce straight line over frigid
Intervals between them constantly
Pointed wings slash as if joined to an axle:
Today is the ideal moment between yesterday
Every morning means a fresh start on things. If yesterday was trying and exhausting, today is a given opportunity to do something different. If yesterday was full of triumph and satisfaction, today is a free chance to go further. All too often, we wake up, think of our schedules, and assume that we must act according to the same dull script. We need not. If we find what is unique to each day, we will have freshness and the greatest fulfillment possible.
Although we have talked about our relationship to Tao in terms of positioning and timing, the clear discerning of intervals is just as important. Geese keep a perfect distance between them to establish a dynamic equilibrium; so too must we fit in with the intervals of a day’s events. If we, like the geese, act in unison with these moments, with each other, and with the season, then we will be in total concert with Tao.
Today is poised between yesterday and tomorrow. What you may have started yesterday can be continued or interrupted today. What you want for tomorrow may be planted or destroyed today. Every morning is a new day. That observation is so simple as to seem trite. If we could observe the simple, there would be no need to study Tao.