Wake up and start coloring

June 17th, 2008

From time to time something happens to remind me there is a buddha in the backseat. And then I realize there is one in the front seat too.

“Mommy, has the world always been in color?” she asked.

Hmmm. That’s a good question. It’s been in color for as long as I’ve been around.

“Same here,” she said.

What she said: There’s still time to cast in on the BlogHer tag line voting in which your correspondent, kmiller, is contending. And if you’re telling me that you can’t vote because you can’t register because you don’t have a blog, this could well be your invitation to start one.


  1. voted…good luck!

    Comment by Terri — June 17, 2008 @ 6:52 am

  2. so i have a question (after reading the links)…one i’m almost embarrassed to ask. is buddhism a religion? or is a way of life that co-exists within your religious beliefs, no matter what they are?

    i know that probably sounds very ignorant. but i am ignorant. i really don’t know. and i’m asking with all due respect.

    thank you!

    Comment by Sarah — June 17, 2008 @ 12:36 pm

  3. Hmmm, Sarah. That is a good question and one I’m glad you asked. There is vast misunderstanding about what Buddha taught, especially among Buddhists! Certainly we can say Buddhism is a religion, although it is more appropriately seen as a spiritual practice. What Buddha taught was not a set of beliefs, but rather a way to live free from self-driven preoccupations. What Buddha taught was not “say what I say” or “think what I think” but rather “do what I did,” which is meditate in order to wake up to the truth. People of all religious backbrounds and belief systems can wake up. Although the more you wake up, the less value you place in your own way of thinking!

    Comment by Karen — June 17, 2008 @ 1:48 pm

  4. i love this question. don’t you sometimes think about certain periods of history in only shades of gray? is that because of old movies or is there more to it? were the colors as vibrant in the “dark ages” — i bet they were but it’s hard to imagine. and i know that patches of blue skies shined through the cracks in the cattle cars of the holocaust but i find it so hard to fathom…

    Comment by Phyllis Sommer — June 18, 2008 @ 1:59 am

  5. thank you for your explanation! it’s all food for thought – for a hungry soul!

    Comment by Sarah — June 18, 2008 @ 5:37 pm

  6. I saw a saying that said life is like a box of crayons, we are all different colors/shades, but still have to live in the same box. This just reminded me of this and in the beauty of the color that is all around us. She gets it.

    Comment by Eileen — June 19, 2008 @ 5:49 am

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URL

Leave a comment

archives by month