This morning I made sure to take the camera as I headed out with the precise intention of putting myself in the way of beauty.
I thought about yesterday morning and I wanted a repeat.
The problem is, you canâ€™t put your foot into the river in the same place twice. The only thing that is ever really the same, are orange cats named Peet!
I took the exact same route, to the exact same place, at the exact same time. The only differenceâ€” was everything! It was a totally different day.
Try as we might to recreate amazing experiences, the truth is we canâ€™t.
It may be the same place, same people, same practice, same time, same thoughts. No matter â€” itâ€™s still different.
Today is Remembrance Day in Canada, yesterday wasnâ€™t.
As I stood on the beach watching a beautiful, but very different from yesterday, sunrise, I spent time remembering a handful of people who I credit with giving me my freedom.
Ken Parker, Sam Masich, John Fox, Bill Wilson, Dorian Gregory, Jim Eisenman, Allyson Appen, Colin Rudd, Jim Madras, and Sandie Moss to name only a very few.
These are just a few of the people in my life who taught me; who continue to teach me.
Now, I know youâ€™re looking for your name and on another day, it would probably be on my list. Because, if we ever crossed paths, Iâ€™ve learned from you.
Sometimes, Iâ€™ve learned what not to do, or how to do it better. Sometimes, Iâ€™ve learned patience or how to handle my anger, or deal with grief or pure joy. I have never been the same, after crossing paths with anyone.
I saw an old photo of a friend this morning. He was probably around 10 when the photo was taken. I knew right away it was him. He hadnâ€™t changed a bit! Well, how silly is that thought. He is now the father of two and could be nearing 50. Forty years later, weâ€™d all be disappointed (especially his wife) if he wasnâ€™t different.
Yesterday, today, tomorrow, no matter how I love a routine. Each day is different.
My list of teachers, what, and how I remember, and for sure, the sunrise will be different next time I look.