I recently made the online acquaintance of Ben Howard, a well-regarded poet and fellow blogger. Ben's posts come sparingly but each one reveals and explores an important aspect of our practice tradition.
Last week, he posted a wonderful essay, Closing Doors, on the transitional moments of life, and how we might work with them. The post contains these beautiful lines from a poem entitled, "Men At Forty," by Donald Justice.
Men at forty
Learn to close softly
The doors to rooms
They will not be coming back to
Of course, none of us - at any age - will ever return to the moment just now passing. How can we complete this moment softly?