here and now

January 25, 2010

A monk was being chased by a tiger toward the edge of a cliff.  He leaps off the cliff, grasping a vine that has grown over the edge.  Below him is a long drop to a certain death, above him is the snarling tiger.  As the monk swings in midair, a mouse begins gnawing at the vine above him.  His position is one of utter precariousness.  Growing out of the cliff in front of him is a wild strawberry, which he picks and eats.  He says, “This strawberry is delicious.”

– Sylvia Boorstein, from “It’s Easier Than You Think”

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