25 November, 2013 Every sandwich
This is not a post about Thanksgiving leftovers. Although it applies to them too.
Warren Zevon was an American rock and roll singer in the late twentieth century. In 2002 he was diagnosed with a rapidly spreading cancer and given a short time to live. After his diagnosis he was on David Letterman and Letterman asked him if knowing he would die soon had taught him anything. Zevon said “how much you should enjoy every sandwich.” Don’t take the mundane things in life for granted – it’s all important.
I’m reading The Wisdom of Slowing Down by Eknath Eswaran. It too is about enjoying every sandwich.
I was reading it in the waiting room when I visited my dentist’s office this morning. I looked at the table next to me – you can’t make this stuff up – and beneath it was this:
Reminding me to slow down, clearly. To enjoy every sandwich.
Anyway, I’m looking forward to the holidays and spending time with family and friends and to eating a lot. I could fill a hundred blog posts with the things I have to be thankful for and not even scratch the surface. The mere fact that I’ll be able to enjoy a lot of sandwiches is evidence enough.
I’m thankful for all of my friends who take me around the central Virginia area so I can get lots of fun pictures. A friend moved recently and we began visiting Three Lakes Park in north central Henrico County. They have a beautiful nature center and three gorgeous lakes. We were hiking around the lakes recently and the light was spectacular and I got this lucky shot of a heron:
I was at the river Sunday morning and a cold front was blowing in. It was crisp and clear and the wind was blowing a gale. The dogs and I were out on the rocks and my hands were practically frozen to my camera. I think the colder it gets, the more the buffleheads like it. This isn’t a spectacular picture, but it’s kind of fun. A flock of buffleheads skimming above the miniature whitecaps:
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I think about blog posts a lot. The original title/theme for this post was “In the moment,” inspired by my brother’s admonishment while I hiked at Pony Pasture with my first smart phone. I was speaking with him on the phone, and told him I was using my phone while I hiked so I could take care of some office business while at the river. His immediate dry response was “be sure to take some pictures so when you get back to your office you can enjoy your hike.” It was a good reminder. Be present. Pay attention. Enjoy every sandwich. Happy Thanksgiving!
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