Posted by: Zane Maser | November 12, 2012


Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to 
live forever.
Mahatma Gandhi

We do not know what tomorrow may bring. Our highest task is to live today, because every moment is a divine gift. “The present moment is the doorway into Presence,” Eckhart Tolle tells us. Embrace it fully for its quiet beauty. Live it boldly, generously from your true self rather than in waste, fritter, or folly.

A few days ago a very dear friend sent the news that her husband’s cancer is growing and advancing again. His physical body has run a good race over his life and carried him well, but now he’s tired and weakening. What time he has left is unclear. They have both accepted this final turn, opting not to have an operation that might prolong his life for a few months, but choosing instead to spend their precious, remaining moments together, at home, surrounded by a supportive family, dog, and friends. They are savoring the smallest yet most significant things, like sharing a cup of tea while the sunrays stream in the kitchen window, lighting up their hearts as they gaze at each other or the rainbow of vibrant color on the wall.

This is the day the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

Yesterday, a wee Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus), thinking our bedroom window was an inviting passageway, crashed hard into the glass. As the bird medic in residence, Chris zoomed out the door, gently scooping it up and cradling it in his cupped hands for quite some time so it could regain its senses and composure. It was slow to recover, and we weren’t sure it would rally. I took over the peaceful holding against my heart of the little siskin, praying for angelic assistance. I’m sure the ministering Saint Francis stood by my side, which enhanced the otherworldly feel of this avian honor.

Those minutes were a rare privilege of grace to witness the exquisite beauty of this delicate creature with its tiny dark eyes and beak, the soft muted tones of feathers, the streaks of its breast and overall coloration—all in such immediacy. Life became still for me in the gentle presence of this extraordinary loveliness and perfection.

Wrapped in a soft, warm cloth and settled in a small box that gave it adequate space to fly out, the pine siskin continued to gain its equilibrium and strength. It seemed to doze as its head bobbed slightly with each breath. We kept sending it love. We waited like new parents in hope of a successful birth. The siskin emerged finally, ascending the cloth ramp up to the rim of the box. All seemed well in its steadiness and wariness as it scanned the sky in watchfulness. Then it flew to a branch in our bonsai pine, resting again for a long time, later to fly in a swift trajectory right out of the garden on its way back into life to find its winter flock.

Every moment counts. How vibrantly we participate in the blessing of this day determines how brightly the flame of our life burns. We only have now to make amends and reconciliations with those individuals and situations our hearts nudge us to forgive and make aright. If your inner voice is insistently trying to get your attention to nudge you to call your sister, friend, or lover, do it right now and make whatever resolution is necessary in order for a reunion to occur. Cease this opportunity to tell your nearest and dearest you love them. Like my treasured friend and her husband or the petite siskin, we never know if we may be granted another chance.

You cannot do a kindness too soon, 
for you never
know how soon it will be too late.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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• It’s Already Present

• Days of Presence

• Readiness

• The Tree That Shares

• Generous Spirit

• Master Healer: Dr. Edward Bach

• Sacred Manner

• New Heart, Clean Slate

• Slow Down!

Text © by Zane Maser, 2012. Photos from WikiCommons. All rights reserved worldwide.

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My editorial guru and technological wizard is Chris Maser, my delightful husband.

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