Go to work early this morning, and deal with the daily news, meeting each task as it comes to me.
Hours later, return home to care for my sick child, do laundry, answer mail, cook food.
Am quite disappointed not to be able to attend a reading by the marvelous French poet Yves Bonnefoy tonight. There is a moment of feeling « unlucky, » as the English say: Such a great opportunity missed!
Think of a story from the tales of the wise old 8th-century Chinese layman Pang:
The Zen master Sekito asked him, « So, are you going to wear black or white? » (Black was for monks, white for lay people. Pang was a lay practitioner with a wife and two children.)
Pang answered, « I will do whatever is best. »
He remained a layman all his life.