I am always pondering, at some level, what motivates us to do and say the things we do. Today I stumbled upon this treasure. This short video of a TED presentation by Louie Schwartzberg is a “must see!” The pause and the reflection it brings are transformative.
Beauty and seduction are nature’s tools for survival because we protect what we fall in love with. It opens our hearts and makes us feel we are part of nature and we’re not separate from it. When we see ourselves in nature it also connects us to every one of us because it’s clear that it’s all connected and one.”
—Louie Schwartzberg (from his brief presentation)
Here is a brief quotation (Brother David Steindl-Rast) from a portion of the brilliant video within a video that begins around 3:09.
You think this is just another day in your life.
It’s not just another day—it’s the one day that is given to you today.
It’s given to you.
It’s a gift.
It’s the only gift that you have right now. And the only appropriate response…
If you do nothing else but to cultivate that response to the great grift that this unique day is, if you learn to respond as if it were the first day in your life and the very last day, then you will have spent this day very well.
…open your heart to all of these blessings, and let them flow through you that everyone who you will meet on this day will be blessed by you: just by your eyes,
by your smile,
by your touch,
just by your presence.
Let the gratefulness overflow into blessing all around you.
And then, …
it will really be a good day.
—Brother David Steindl-Rast (Text and reader)