Beginner's Heart

the author's

the author’s

There are moments that you recognise — even as they are happening — are perfect. You breathe as deeply as possible (especially if you’re a Buddhist!), because nothing lasts. And certainly not perfect moments. This is a picture of one such moment.

What’s better than a beach peopled with family? What’s more beautiful than the ecstatic happiness of a two-year-old, secure in the love of his family? And who could possibly predict just when these moments will fall into your heart like shafts of light…?

Whatever this moment holds for you, know this: it will never come again. Good or bad — content or sad — we can’t step backwards into happiness. My advice? Breathe deeply. Enjoy.