I came to the fields – 
A student without teacher – 
and met winter trees – 
Who said to be dynamic – 
and strike fantastic poses.

-a tanka poem

This tanka poem was inspired by the scene in this winter snowfield captured and edited on my Android phone. The following from Charlotte Joko Beck author of “Everyday Zen” also comes to mind frequently.

“Life always gives us
exactly the teacher we need
at every moment.
This includes every mosquito,
every misfortune,
every red light,
every traffic jam,
every obnoxious supervisor (or employee),
every illness, every loss,
every moment of joy or depression,
every addiction,
every piece of garbage,
every breath.

Every moment is the guru.”