Well, that was a good lesson in "counting the days" of Sesshin!
The best sittings were always when which day were were on, had to be given a moment's thought!
Not much that I'd call noteworthy anyway... it's been a great week, and the sittings have been "normal", if you can call them that. I've been feeling "bubbly" at the rehearsals, and folks have been attributing that to the upcoming ceremony. Upon reflection, I would say it's more because of the communication with other signers! Oshin, Ari, Jay, and other's have been around for the non-silence of rehearsal, and it's a real bubbly time for me to get to communicate this way. Sesshin or not, I go for long periods with very little peer-communication.
It's wonderful to see the gang making adjustments as we rehearse to accommodate the interpreters and allow for modifications in other areas.
It's also mind-blowing that this is all being done around me. It's so humbling. I know the ceremony is for everyone too, and I'm so glad it's a group effort. Still, I'm the man of the hour tomorrow, and I find I am looking forward to it AND for it to end! There is a double content to something like this. We get supported, validated and feel special and accepted. It also is a serious lesson in neutrality. Go for the "King for a Day" and it's just an ego trip - sure to be a let down later. Try to hide out and minimize and you miss the opportunity to serve. That's what these times are really about. Be they Head Soku, Abbot, Shuso or leading a small crew on work day. Leading, being honored, supported or just progressing in some way, sparks the community into action, and service begins. This is how receive a gift. Unsupported by anything.
Here's to tomorrow!