"Buddhism holds that everything is in constant flux.
Thus the question is whether we are to accept change passively
and be swept away by it
or whether we are to take the lead
and create positive changes on our own initiative.
While conservatism and self-protection
might be likened to winter, night and death,
the spirit of pioneering
and attempting to realize ideals
evokes images of spring, morning and birth."
Let's go for spring, morning and birth.
(Photo copyright: Kirsten Steen
Taken at Portland Japanese Gardens in Oregon)