Smile

“Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Good grief, 2022 is the gift that just keeps on giving, isn’t it. Among the many other recent deaths making the news, I’m so sad to learn of the passing of Thich Nhat Hanh. What a peaceful, profoundly wise, unfailingly kind, and utterly delightful human. I have a number of his audio teachings that I listen to from time to time when I’m running — usually when I need settling or centering. (I remember once listening to him throughout an entire half marathon.) Such a small voice, but what an enormous heart and mind. Obviously I’m not Buddhist, but this monk’s example and teachings have been invaluable for me and even the development of my own faith. For many, the world is simply a better place for having him pass through it. May he rest in eternal peace.

And no, my dog’s photo has nothing to do with the content of this post. But my dog makes me smile and sad news such as this needs a smile such as that.

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