Each winter greeted with a promise of enthusiasm Snow forts, downhill sliding & a good snow ball fight Our mouths open wide to catch the falling snow flake Such moments as these cherished for its own sake Come the spring they would melt away into nothing To be banished for another year from our sight There were no tears then in the lesson of letting go Life was still magical and as transient as the snow For our faith was as strong as the chords of forever Come hell or high water our souls shall endeavor.
By Jason Youngman
Winter of 2018
(Click on the image to download in high resolution. My photo was taken
on the Grand Concourse trail just up from Long Pond along Mount Scio.)
“Aim for the brightest star to know who you truly are!” My mission statement is an extension of the Apollonian dictum to ‘Know Thyself’. It reminds one to avail of the whole spectrum of virtues in order to attain a greater good. In light of and to the degree that wisdom is revealed and the capacity to discern is refined, one can steady their aim in order to reach the goal of their contemplation. To illuminate the mind with ideas that can assist all sentient beings for the good of the whole is one the highest ideals of the visionary but to intelligently cognize these ideas into a form that is simple, clear and easy to understand is the task of a true philosopher. Through the dichotomy of language there is always a better way to ask a question and in this dialectical interplay with others & ourselves, we align our desires and intentions so as to harmonize and draw closer to that most brilliant star; the source of existence and the intelligence by which to realize who we truly are.