15 July 2012

Really living

A few months ago a friend sent me this in an email. I gasped when I read it.
The Dalai Lama was asked what surprised him the most; he said, "Man, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then he dies having never really lived."
During a few days away recently we definitely had some moments which were 'really living'. A cluster of them came walking around Mount Maunganui, which must be one of the world's most beautiful walks. We set off, brother, sister, cousins, grandmother. We came across two seals, one basking and one lolling lazily in the water. I only photographed the swimming one, because it was definitely the most interesting!

Then a couple of minutes later I was gaping at more of nature's offerings:

We rounded another corner and came across three divine little boys with a stall at the camping ground. The lemon juice was a mixture of freshly squeezed juice, which the boys had squeezed, plus sugar and water. It was incredibly delicious! We downed a few cups, and I came away with about 20 wonderful oranges also. The fruit came from their garden, they said. 

We followed it up with a swim in the salt water hotpools as night fell and the stars came out. Beautiful.

Not too bad for a mid-winter walk!

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