Quote of the Day: Pick Strawberries.

Via on Mar 28, 2012
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“There is a story of a woman running away from tigers.

She runs and runs and the tigers are getting closer and closer.

When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs down and holds on to the vines.

Looking down, she sees that there are tigers below her as well.

She then notices that a mouse is gnawing away at the vine to which she is clinging.

She also sees a beautiful little bunch of strawberries close to her, growing out of a clump of grass.

She looks up and she looks down. She looks at the mouse.

Then she just takes a strawberry, puts it in her mouth, and enjoys it thoroughly.

Tigers above, tigers below.

This is actually the predicament that we are always in, in terms of our birth and death.

Each moment is just what it is. It might be the only moment of our life;

it might be the only strawberry we’ll ever eat.

We could get depressed about it, or we could finally appreciate it

and delight in the preciousness of every single moment of our life.”

~ Pema Chodron.

 

Right now, this moment is the only one we’re guaranteed. We make lists and plans. We think we know what we’ll do tomorrow, next week, next month. But really…all we have is right now. All we ever have is one wonderful now after another. So in this one golden moment of precious life—pick the strawberries.

About Kate Bartolotta

Kate Bartolotta is the strongest girl in the world. She is the love child of a pirate and a roller derby queen. She hails from the second star to the right. She doesn't know how to behave with all the apples and ibexes. She doesn't suffer from her eight million freckles, she loves them! Like a rolling stone, Kate gathers no moss. Kate loves kale, being barefoot, Dr. Seuss, singing too loudly, gallivanting, palindromes, blackberries and has far too many books for her own good. When she's not writing, you can find her practicing yoga, running in the woods, playing with her kids, devouring a book, planting dandelions, changing the world and doing her dishes. Kate does not play the accordion. She is a massage therapist, writer and a compassionate friend to all. This year Kate aspires to finally give up on learning to knit and will instead spend that time putting a little bit more of her heart on the page. Connect with Kate on Facebook and Twitter

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4 Responses to “Quote of the Day: Pick Strawberries.”

  1. ValCarruthers says:

    Each moment is a ripe juicy strawberry. Delectable!

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