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. Her love of words is boundless, but she knows that many of life’s best moments are completely untranslatable. When she is not writing, you may find her practicing yoga, devouring a book, playing with her children, planting dandelions, or dancing barefoot with her heart on her sleeve. She is madly in love with life and does not know how this story ends; she’s making it up as she goes. Kate is the owner and editor-in-chief of Be You Media Group. She also writes for The Huffington Post, elephant journal, The Good Men Project, The Green Divas, Yoganonymous, The Body Project, Project Eve, Thought Catalog and Soulseeds. She facilitates writing workshops and retreats throughout North America. Heart Medicine, Kate's book on writing, is now available on Amazon.com You can follow Kate on Facebook and Twitter

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

  1. Valerie Carruthers ValCarruthers says:

    Each moment is a ripe juicy strawberry. Delectable!

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