Wednesday, June 04, 2008

The Unbearable Newness of Being

Today's Zen Calendar has this quote, from Wolfgang Goethe:


One must ask children

and birds how strawberries

and cherries


taste.

Of course, Goethe is referring not simply to taste but to the ability or willingness or capacity, the openness, to experience things fresh, first-hand, not with foreordained notions, not with predictable outcomes, not with preconceived templates.

We fail to do this often, thereby missing the Aha!

Of course, I find the Aha! from things in nature more easily than in people.

3 comments:

Patti said...

That's how I try to approach my work. I wipe my brain clean each morning then everything is new and exciting.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

Funny that you do not see people as part of nature.
Do you mean adult people?

Adults do tend to lose sight with time, I think... in every sense of the word, sight.

We see so much more when we look with out hearts. Infinitely more.


Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Girl on the Run... said...

Its the simplicity of things that greant them there intelligence....

Thats why children are smarter than most adults!

All the best...
M