Just finished Among Warriors: A Woman Martial Artist in Tibet by Pamela Logan.
Toward the end, she talks about the things she tried to see, but didn’t. She takes inspiration and hope in the things left undone. They are the reason she keeps going. The reason she tries again.
She compares this undone-ness brilliantly to kata practice — and the experience of practicing the same sequence with absolute focus and enthusiasm 20 times, 50 times, 100 times in one session without flagging. That’s the thing left undone — the 200th time. The thousandth time. Something impossible to keep striving for.
Even though you’ve done it a thousand times; this time is the first time at this age,
in this light,
at this level of experience.
It is the first and the only time.
That’s what being present is all about. Eternity exists, but it will only ever be now.