celebrating the now

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“. . . at this season, the blossom is out in full now, there in the west early. It’s a plum tree, it looks like apple blossom but it’s white, and looking at it, instead of saying “Oh that’s nice blossom” … last week looking at it through the window when I’m writing, I see it is the whitest, frothiest, blossomest blossom that there ever could be, and I can see it. Things are both more trivial than they ever were, and more important than they ever were, and the difference between the trivial and the important doesn’t seem to matter. But the nowness of everything is absolutely wondrous, and if people could see that, you know. There’s no way of telling you; you have to experience it, but the glory of it, if you like, the comfort of it, the reassurance … not that I’m interested in reassuring people – bugger that. The fact is, if you see the present tense, boy do you see it! And boy can you celebrate it.”

~ Dennis Potter, Seeing the Blossom: Two Interviews and a Lecture

26 Comments on “celebrating the now

  1. The words and photos compliment each other beautifully. Lovely post.

  2. The poem is beautiful, but the pictures are even more special.

  3. Not only are those words to live by in general, but “the whitest, frothiest, blossomest blossom” is the perfect description of these flowers!

  4. Thank you! I get to enjoy these lovely buds twice. Ours are long gone already… 😀

  5. These are truly so beautiful, Susan.
    I am guessing that in a week or so, ours will be blooming too.

    Have a wonderful evening!

  6. I love that quote – absolutely true! 🙂 And the blossom is really wonderful – I feel like I’ve been on a walk through the country *says the city girl*! 😉

  7. Lovely photos of spring blooms. I took a lot of those too during our vacation on the East Coast but I haven’t time to go through all of them yet. 😦

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