Blue Moons and Such



My wife and I took a wonderful evening walk on Jockey's Ridge (the highest sand dune on the east coast of the U.S.) last night.  As we were walking back towards the parking lot I saw the full moon rising.  I had my camera with me, as I always do, so I paused for a few shots.  Unfortunately I had forgotten about the 'blue moon' and did not have a tripod so the pictures are a bit grainy and not as sharp as I would like.

The walk was enjoyable.  It was an excellent evening, even before the rising of the moon.  The evening was topped off with a stop at Kill Devil's Custard, which was a special treat since we rarely eat sweets.  All in all the evening was like a holiday.

This morning I woke thinking about what a wonderful evening it was, but how sad it is that every day isn't lived with such deep appreciation of life.  Why does it take a blue moon or a holiday for us to treasure life?  Isn't every day, every moment, every breath precious enough?  Will I one day come to the end of my life wishing that I had treated every day as a holiday, every moon as a blue moon?

"...we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive.  Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity.  We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment."  ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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7 comments:

  1. A really, really nice photo all the same. Thanks for sharing it....

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  2. I wash watering the garden when I spotted the moon rising over the tree line, I stopped to admire and enjoy the huge brightness that was shining down on the approaching night hours. I am fortunate to have little ones around who remind me every day of those little things we should be embracing and noticing.

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    1. You are fortunate. My little ones are all grown and don't have little ones yet.

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  3. Oh goodness, Dan! I saw the moon, over the freeway, returning from a lovely evening downtown. Every day.DOES seem like a holiday, here. The important thing will be to maintain it.

    Life is a miracle, all if it!

    Beautiful picture. :-)

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    1. Please maintain it - daily practice, Life is a miracle.

      Dan

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  4. We were camping and I was awed by that moon when I woke in the middle of the night. I try hard to treasure the everyday (or everynight) moons and moments not just the on holiday camping moons and experiences, and your blog is a real help with that practice.

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