(The same photo, yes — but to another conclusion, perhaps)
We don’t complain of the beauty of a daffodil because it will be dead in a few days, nor of a sunrise because it changes as we watch it. The important thing about beauty and happiness is its quality, not its permanence. In that way we have to live from hand to mouth.
—– Martin Boyd
This ephemeral quality of daffodils is called, in the Japanese aesthetic, aware. (It’s pronounced ah-wah-reh.) Far from diminishing the beauty of things, ephemerality is considered to raise it to its highest pitch. If you know something will vanish quickly, you hurry to appreciate it, be with it, spend time with it. You no longer take it for granted. You become, as it were, aware of aware.
Life is short, beauty is fleeting — the time for gratitude and thankfulness and love is — right now.