This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realise it is play. The only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step that you are taking at this moment. That’s all there ever is. I’m here to tell you that the path to peace is right there, when you want to get away. When you are present, you can allow the mind to be as it is without getting entangled in it. If you miss the present moment, you miss your appointment with life. That is very serious!
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Engraved in my memory...
W&N watercolour on smooth cardboard
On our previous property, also an 8.5ha smallholding in Tarlton (South Africa), we had a low rock wall surrounding the 1-acre garden, which gave us a measure of security but also allowed the flocks of guinea fowl roaming the area to visit for a snack. I used to put out seeds for them and would watch their antics and paint them whenever they came for a visit. They got quite used to me and didn't pay much attention because, after all, they had their sentinels posted on the wall, keeping an eye open for danger!
That smallholding gave me such pleasure for the 27 years we lived there that each detail - trees, flowers, plants, birds - is still deeply engraved in my memory....