Thursday, January 01, 2004

The New Year's custom in Korea, I am told, is for the younger to bow deep before their elders and wish them blessings & grace.
In return the elders pass on riches.
It is the first act of the New Year, in the morning before breakfast.
The bowing is precise and ritualized.

A powerful mutual recognition.

I take this specific web space to acknowledge my very human & vulnerable 'internet' elder & may your year be filled with a deeper sense of tranquility and a sense of adventure as you move into unnamed vistas ahead. May a sense of joy permeate your actions and spring from the depths of wisdom realized.

Take great strength to care for each other.

"The truth about stories is that's all we are. 'You can't understand without telling a story,' the Anishinabe writer Gerald Vizenor tell us. 'There isn't any center to the world but a story.'"

"Stories are wondrous things. And they are dangerous."

"So you have to be careful with the stories you tell. And you have to watch out for the stories that you are told."

(Thomas King | The Truth About Stories. | more)

:: note :: . . . elders can be truly frustrating and annoying . . . you may disagree with them and even wish to disown . . . amazing the way things come around . . .