Making the Best of What Remains

What is pertinent is the calmness of beauty, its sense of restraint. It is as though the land knows of its own beauty, its own greatness, and feels no need to shout it…

For a great many people, the evening is the most enjoyable part of the day. Perhaps, then, there is something to his advice that I should cease looking back so much, that I should adopt a more positive outlook and try to make the best of what remains of my day. After all, what can we ever gain in forever looking back and blaming ourselves if our lives have not turned out quite as we might have wished?
~Kazuo Ishiguro from The Remains of the Day

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it.
~Danny Kaye

Every moment is a fresh beginning.
~T.S. Eliot

I am ashamed to admit I squander time looking back,
yearning for a day that has long since passed,
tossing off these present precious hours
as somehow not measuring up to what came before.

Even when I believe things will never change,
they will, and I will. 

There have been over thirty-six years
of such days in this farm country,
one flowing gently after another,
and every single one have been exactly what I’m looking for.

I shall toss my heart ahead and set out after it,
each moment a fresh beginning and blank canvas,
making the best of what remains of my day.

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4 thoughts on “Making the Best of What Remains

  1. The photographs, the poetry, the music…..stunning. All speak to my soul; a golden thread in my days; a soft place to fall.

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  2. Ishiguro is new to me, and I liked his piece immensely.
    Your comment about looking back, etc. makes sense and is
    the way to go for most people. But, at 89, and looking ahead just a short bit,
    I need to look back — for several reasons, and with no comparisons
    really, just taking stock of what was in those blocks of time
    (good and not good) that comprise one’s lifetime.
    Especially when the time ahead is so very short – and
    how much prep does or can one make for the unknown. Answering
    my own question, I guess, is that what we have in a full lifetime; what we have
    gained, known and trusted within our souls where His Presence
    resides. is all based on that trust and on His Love and His Promises.
    .
    I have personally been present bedside of three close family members as they
    slipped into that unknown, as each seemed to be looking toward, in a
    fixed manner (usually into a corner of the room) and the look, their
    seeming glow, evidenced deep peace, readiness and acceptance.

    Your use of light, dear Emily, once again resonates totally with the
    text that you are showing here. I especially liked the 8th picture.
    It is a stunning visual that leads one to fully and seriously meditate
    on the X-shaped trees in front of a two-tone vibrant sunset.
    I keep going back to it and will probably download the picture and frame it.

    Thank you for this memorable posting today and for the realities
    that it shows for us — at any age.

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