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03 December 2007 @ 09:22 am
Tao of the Day - O Fortuna  
When it rains, it pours
Too bad to ignore
Too good to ignore
Stomp in the puddles
Let's dance some more

Feast or famine:
Food for thought
Let's juice some lemons
Like we were taught
Let's enjoy the cocoa
While it's hot
While it's not
Absent and sought

-Boo Tzu.

It comes in waves, doesn't it? The cashier at the grocery store, either bored or with a line of ten people. Six months of unemployment, than a week of three job offers. A year of celibacy, Spring. Good or bad, the waves can be overwhelming.

And then there's the way we take things for granted. We focus on the absence of a lover in the presence of friends. We focus on the absence of passion in the presence of steady love. Do we create famine this way sometimes?

Where's my cup of Yerba Mate? I'm in a chill, armchair philosophy mood today.
 
 
 
nplusmnplusm on December 3rd, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
I would like to add to your Tao with the following excerpt.

*ahem*

*Shouting* We are the whippersnappers, we're in luck,
when it rains all day, we quack like a duck!
WADDLE WADDLE QUACK QUACK WADDLE WADDLE QUACK QUACK
*stomp in puddles*
Kburgunder on December 3rd, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
WADDLE WADDLE QUACK QUACK

Teach me this dance, please.
nplusmnplusm on December 3rd, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
I will warn you, it requires rain boots.
Kburgunder on December 3rd, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
I have the absence of rain boots!
But the presence of rain...

*stomp*stomp*stomp*
nplusmnplusm on December 3rd, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
Well, I AM trying to figure out how to spend my time between the end of work and the start of the Iron and Wine concert at Moore tonight. I suppose the chant/dance could be taught.

Otherwise, we are blessed with a climate that ensures several opportunities in the near future to share rain ceremonies.
Varnvarn_ix on December 3rd, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
o fortuna
velut luna
statu variabilis
semper crescis
aut decrescis
vita detestabilis
nunc obdurat
et tunc curat
ludo mentis aciem
egestatem
potestatem
dissolvit ut glaciem

I have a rendition that has too much dynamics -- too quiet in some parts, too loud in others -- otherwise it's a glorious piece.
Kburgunder on December 3rd, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
I saw a ballet-symphony-opera combination of Carmina Burana last year and it was awesome.
sculptruth on December 3rd, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to find the middle, the present, the now without care for what I have or have never had; without care for what I might never have or have taken away.

As good as things are currently, there is always the flip side of hardship to balance the manic abundance of good. Somehow, this must create some kind of equilibrium, so long as I don't ignore one in favour of the other.

Puddles, yes. Sunshine, yes. But both to be enjoyed when we have them, yes?
Kburgunder on December 3rd, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
Hell yes.

I'm in the manic abundance of good zone, and trying to keep my center as much as I can and do during the manic abundance of omgwtfhelp zone. The latter seems easier somehow.
sculptruth on December 3rd, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure which is easier for me; somehow it makes sense that it would be easier to try and overcome the omgwtfhelp zone and find one's center, because you have to. I'm afraid it's easy for me to go overboard on either end, and forget my center completely. It ends up in constant work, ha!