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No One Steps Into The Same River Twice

The Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, once wrote, "No man ever steps into the same river twice, for it is not the same river and he is not the same man." This thought comes to me each time I revisit a place at which I have made a photo that I enjoy. The place is never the same: the light changes minute to minute, the clouds move continuously, and even the stones evolve. More importantly, as living beings, we change. We age - we mature (or not) - we live. Is it any wonder that a treasured moment can never be duplicated? But this is nothing to be grieved. Even a familiar place (especially a familiar place) must be seen through fresh eyes at each moment. It should be approached not with a goal in mind, rather with an attitude of joy and anticipation. What will I see today?! As stated in the Tao te Ching, "If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to." (S. Mitchell translation.)

 


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