The Perfect Blossom


Greetings,

A few things I want to touch upon. First I would like to share with you a deep and profound poem. Well a partial one that is not complete.

“The perfect blossom is a rare thing
You could spend your life looking for one
And it would not be a wasted life”

This poem was from the last samurai. I absolutely loved that movie. This poem has many connotations that rings true. Pause and either analyze or scan the memories of yesterday and observe you’re truth. During a scene in the movie Nathan (played by Tom Cruise) walks up to Katsumoto (Ken Wantanabe) as he is standing in a garden in contemplation. He tells Nathan he is writing a poem and has been searching for the last line for a long time. The moral of this blog post or the take away (lesson) is simple and with great pleasure.

 At the end of the movie when Katsumoto is about to make the ultimate transition (death) and life is drifting away from him, the scene he sees are the same trees in blossom, and the realization he gets during the transitory state.

 “Perfect, they are all perfect” As he realizes that all the blossoms are prefect, as are we and the world as a whole.

A reminder when the going gets tough ( as it will), remember or at lest try to remember the last moment before you accept the struggle. The passed moment is “Perfect, they are all perfect”.  Judgement or criticism can be challenging when there’s no self awareness. Only that external factor which triggered your bias opinion towards another, object or self.

 I’m sincerely guilty of criticizing my fellow man. Especially during times when I’m either not feeling good inside or my pride has been hurt. What does this has to do with Katsumoto and Nathan?

Here in the west, the majority of us sees everything as either good or bad and do our best to push the bad away at all costs and strive endlessly for that which we believe as good.  Nice thought, but the world and the universe is not created that way, it is an endless play of Yin and Yang. There is no good without bad, no day without the darkness, high without low, warmth without cold, growth without decay, life without death.

 Man has good days and not so good ones. The point is to be mindful of other people’s faults and actions. We don’t have to take it personally. People do strange things, that I can accept, yet I do too. When offended by someone, what is the best reaction, response or way to look at it?

 Before you answer this question. Consider Katsumoto’s partial poem “Everything is perfect”. Perfection is disguised as good and bad, happiness and sad, love and hate, etc. Back to the question, here is something for you. A gift if you will!

Instead of condemning people, let’s try to understand them. Let’s try to figure out why they do what they do. That’s a lot more profitable and intriguing than criticism; and it breeds sympathy, tolerance and kindness. ‘To know all is to forgive all.’

As Dr. Johnson said: ‘God himself, sir, does not propose to judge man until the end of his days.’
Why should you and I?