"You get what anyone gets - you get a lifetime."
So this all started with a birthday present - an iPod. The (Neil Gaiman) quote was what Sean & Shona had engraved on it. I was blown away by the quote (as Shona said - they could have just written it on a post-it for my birthday and I'd have been as happy). Anyhoo, it was mentioned often during the week, and played on my mind.
Then off I went to Plum Village, the monastic community led by Thich Nhat Hanh. His big teaching is about living 'mindfully' in the present moment; being aware of what you're doing, or at the very least noticing that you're alive and breathing. I bought a piece of calligraphy by him, which is simple in that profound way of Zen folk (and vice versa).
"This is it."
The present moment is what you get. This moment is all you have, and this is the only place where you can touch joy. So enjoy.
I love the telescoping symmetry of that week.
** Photos especially for Maggie, who asked :)