There is a Zen proverb that says,
"Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.
After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water."
I've always used this directive as advice with a slightly different meaning.
When the difficult side of life presents itself,
and there's no way to fix it,
I remind myself to tend to the tasks of daily life
until conditions unfold one way or another.
Chop wood, carry water.
Photo Credit: Gary Coté
Today, warm and sunny, life's travails at hand,
I "chopped wood, carried water"
by working outside cleaning up winter's decay.
And at the end of the afternoon,
the tiniest purple violet poised to unfurl,
hiding itself under a leaf, tender and green.