A Face In A Crowd

It was an important religious festival in one of Kaohsiung’s most popular temples. The place was packed with a noisy and boisterous crowd. There were drums, gongs, cymbals, firecrackers, shouting, masked performers, people pushing and shoving. I snapped photo after photo of the colorful happenings. Then suddenly there was this face of a young girl, right in the middle of all the hustle and bustle. So calm amidst all the confusion, so young and beautiful, yet so wise. Flying on the wings of thought, seemingly untouched by her surroundings, she lives a quiet private moment. Author Hans Margolius puts it this way,

“Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.”

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