to be…

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “New Skin.”

I have spent so much time and effort trying to be the best me I can be.  For my children.  For my wife.  For my friends.  For the world around me.  For myself.

If I were to change:

  • should I be the salmon or the river?
  • should I be the eagle or the sky?
  • should I be the cedar or the soil?
  • should I be the wood or the fire?

If I were to choose, I would be Everything.  I want to deeply understand how it all works, how we all interconnect.

Besides, after you have been Everything, it wouldn’t be so hard to just go fishing, now would it?


Fall down seven times, stand up eight.

– Japanese Buddhist proverb


Thank you to my friends Br. Senji Kanaeda and Br. Gilberto Perez.  No matter how difficult the task, no matter the obstacles in your way, you both work toward simplicity, peace, human compassion, and a nuclear-free world every single day.

Na Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo