Hokusai says

Hokusai says look carefully.
He says pay atten­ti­on, notice.
He says keep loo­king, stay curious.
He says the­re is no end to seeing

He says look for­ward to get­ting old.
He says keep changing,
you just get more who you real­ly are.
He says get stuck, accept it, repeat
yourself as long as it is interesting.

He says keep doing what you love.

He says keep praying.

He says every one of us is a child,
every one of us is ancient
every one of us has a body.
He says every one of us is frightened.
He says every one of us has to find
a way to live with fear.

He says ever­ything is alive –
shells, buil­dings, peop­le, fish,
moun­tains, trees, wood is alive.
Water is alive.

Everything has its own life.

Everything lives insi­de us.

He says live with the world insi­de you.

He says it does­n’t mat­ter if you draw,
or wri­te books. It does­n’t matter
ify­ou saw wood, or catch fish.
It does­n’t mat­ter if you sit at home
and sta­re at the ants on your veranda
or the shadows of the trees
and gras­ses in your garden.

It mat­ters that you care.

It mat­ters that you feel.

It mat­ters that you notice.

It mat­ters that life lives through you.

Contentment is life living through you.
Joy is life living through you.
Satisfaction and strength
is life living through you.

He says don’t be afraid.
Don’t be afraid.

Love, feel, let life take you by the hand.

Let life live through you.

by Roger Keyes