The Loveliness of Spring — and Swift Daffodils —

(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.

 

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12 Responses to The Loveliness of Spring — and Swift Daffodils —

  1. Pany says:

    Lovely 🙂

  2. Stef says:

    And they look like they are still in the ground (versus cut and sitting in a vase); which means they are still lapping up sunshine – which makes me doubly happy! 🙂

  3. barb19 says:

    I never tire of seeing the daffodil – they are so bright and fresh!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      You’re lucky enough to have tiny lambs also! Even if our seasons are topsy-turvy, in US and Australia —

      • barb19 says:

        It’s Autumn here in Australia at the moment, so I had to use a memory of Spring from when I lived in the UK – thus the spring lamb!
        This is another great shot of daffodils.

  4. Great… nice picture..
    But what I love the most is the quote

    The important thing about beauty and happiness is its quality, not its permanence

    That just makes sense…

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Nice to have you visit! I love that quote also.
      I think perhaps spring is a state of mind, a sense of new beginnings. You have only two seasons in Indonesia (as you say on your blog) but each one has a beginning.

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