Present

Calm Day

Shiro Kasamatsu’s Woodblock Print

Today is a calm day, I believe and thus, it is a calm day. Sunlight is pleasant and my cows are happy. What is making me smile is the greenery. I’ll climb this mountain one day, as for now I am glad to just witness it. Are the clouds coming? I can’t see it, can you? Pshaw! What is not in the present is not present and the past is past. And my ukulele is my ukulele, which now I’ll play.


“Sakura, Sakura, let me tell you
Sakura, Sakura, I love you
Sakura dear, the rumours are true
Sakura I died waiting for you
Medical practitioner knows and now you know too…  

Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo…”

Now!

When hard work paints your shirt with sweat, it is the highest form of painting. It becomes a proof that you have acted.
 
You are then completely in the present. You are then truly living with the pace of the universe.
 
Nathu doesn’t know all this. He is like any other rickshaw-wala. His daily job is to earn for the day; not for the future or for an investment, but for the present day.
 
Nathu lives each day as a new day though his routine stays the same. How lucky!
 
His past sometimes brings his village memories to him and his future makes him wonder, but nevertheless he is the man who lives in the ‘now’.
 
It is very difficult to be in the moment that is revealing itself to us.
 
We rarely do so. Caught up in some bygone drama or future trick we forget the precious present.
 
Nathu is not different from anyone, he just lives in the moment.
 
Another rickshaw-wala living in the Now.
Image by beginmag from Pixabay

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