1. Truth: If you look long and close at just about anything, you will see how precious it is. In fact, I’ve heard various teachers suggest that love is nothing more than attention, that to give your full and focused attention to something or someone is how you love it. The Zen priest and poet John Tarrant Roshi said, “Attention is the most basic form of love. Through it we bless and are blessed.”
2. Truth: Today is my birthday. I’m 48 years old. I’m so grateful, so blessed by my life and so lucky to get to keep on living it, and yet I’m having a hard time understanding how that happened — how did I get to be 48 years old? How did all those years fly by so fast?
3. Truth: I’m curious what my 48th year will be like. I have some plans, could make some guesses about what might happen and how it will turn out, but in the end I have no idea, no way of knowing. For now, I’m keeping myself open to whatever might arise, practicing curiosity and patience.
One wish: That every year lived is welcomed with curiosity, remembered with gratitude, and spent giving attention to what is precious.