There is really nothing you must be and there is nothing you must do.
There is really nothing you must have and there is nothing you must know.
There is really nothing you must become.
However, it helps to understand that fire burns, and when it rains, the earth gets wet.
My AP English teacher pointed us to this quote – attributed to Zen wisdom – just before high school graduation in Spring 1994, and it popped into my head while I was shelving books at the library the other day.
Because….fire. I was thinking about how it does burn.
There was a custom paint job on the VW that smashed into our car high on a mountain pass in June 2005.
Orange-gold flames crumpled and dying, but not before sparking fire in the stuff of my life.