On missed opportunities

This morning as I was roaring down the highway heading to Planet Fitness, I looked over to my right and in an instant, I took in a wonderful sight: two swans swimming over a mirror-like pond with a full moon setting in the background. An image of a lifetime. I reacted too slowly to capture it though and in my mind I began to think over alternatives: I could backup along the side of the road, but it was too far. I could come back tomorrow morning, but I checked the weather and the forecast is overcast. Still, I drove on with full moon playing peekaboo behind buildings and trees beckoning for me to come closer. I decided to go for the next best thing at that point and I took a detour down to Silver Beach where I took these pictures. In between the time at the pond and the time it took to get to the beach, however, the moon was almost gone…

Beautiful images to be sure but is there a takeaway here? Perhaps one of my favorites: take advantage of the unique opportunity. Nothing can make up for the moment that is lost! As Thich Nhat Hanh famously said ‘I will die soon. You will die soon. This moment is all we have’…

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