By 7:55, I started shedding tears and knew I couldn't watch alone. Cindy didn't plan to get up until 9am, but I woke her and she immediately joined me. We sat and held hands while I cried for the next 2 hours. Then she had to go to work, but by that time he was sworn in, and I was only crying now and then. I continued to watch until 2pm when I decided I needed to get dressed and get some fresh air, but by 5 pm, I was back in front of the TV watching wonderful photographic montages set to Aretha Franklin singing her unbeatable, unstoppable, fantastic gospel rendition of "My Country Tis of Thee." And I was crying again.
Every morning as part of my Buddhist practice I say the Daily Recitation which is a collection of verses taught at Vichara Bodhiyana Monastery reiterating the Buddhist principles by which I try to live my life. Shortly after 5 today, my teacher Nancy Spence sent an email with this subject line: "An Auspicious Day" and five lines from near the end of the Daily Recitation.
O, Happy Blessed Day!O, Happy Blessed Place!O, Happy Blessed Time!O, Happy Blessed Path!O, Happy Blessed Opportunity!