“Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” ~ Gautama Buddha
This simple tenet from Buddha can be applied to virtually all facets of life. Each day is a new day, and each one brings with it all the opportunities that life can offer. We can increase our knowledge of the world – by reading, attending classes, or by practical means; we can improve ourselves physically or mentally; we can rejoice in the company of friends and family, old and new, and in giving and receiving love and affection; we can look to help others, in whichever way, large or small, we are able.
All of these can be a part of travel… we might set ourselves the goal of learning a new language before or during a trip, and it’s always enriching to learn about a new culture, the history of a place, the cuisine… we can challenge ourselves physically, by exploring a new city on foot or trekking through the wilderness… we can seek to create quality time, enjoying the magic of a wonderful trip with those we love, creating shared memories to cherish… and we can look for ways to contribute to a better world, perhaps volunteering or contributing to worthwhile projects, or simply by helping an individual or two where we can. What we do with our days matters, and each one is a new opportunity to live well.
This is the Giant Seated Amida Buddha in Kamakura, dating from the 13th century. It’s a great day trip from Tokyo or you can stay overnight to explore more of the town.
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