Sunday, May 1, 2011

Once in a lifetime / Ichi-go ichi-e / 一期一会

The forest leaf falls in a gentle rain, caught by another tree's branch of red buds.  Raindrops cling to the buds like translucent crystals.  This scene will never be re-enacted in just this way.  It is a once in a lifetime treat to witness this unique glimpse into nature's beauty.

Are not our lives composed of many of these unique opportunities, all strung together, second by second, minute by minute?  Can we afford to miss any of them?

Life is a gift-- in itself a rare opportunity.  Can we afford to squander a single meeting?  Can we afford to delay a single sentence to someone we love?  Never again will we have just this chance.    

Every second, every minute counts.