the theme is green

it really has been this long since i’ve taken my camera out for a walk. inevitably i fall behind and then run to catch up… in more than one sense. always the feeling of being rushed, even when alone. wishing i could stand in one place to soak it all in, compose the shot, and get the focus.

“one of the more embarrassing and self-indulgent challenges of our time is the task of relearning how to concentrate. the past decade has seen an unparalleled assault on our capacity to fix our minds steadily on anything. to sit still and think, without succumbing to an anxious reach for a machine, has become almost impossible.” – alain de botton, “on distraction”

flipping through books to “comprehend” just enough to cite them… scanning through web pages for information to consume or pop culture references to amuse… watching television shows on the computer where the rapid transition of scenes and events make it impossible to wonder about much anything else…

maybe by breezing through the world so fast we actually prevent ourselves from truly being able to experience its fleeting moments and become fulfilled by them, too. hmmm…

“this fleeting world is like a star at dawn, a bubble in a stream, a flash of lightning in a summer cloud, a flickering lamp, a phantom, and a dream…” – the diamond sutra

(or maybe i’d just like to take slower walks and also feel like i know what i’m talking about when i write something.)

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