Experts say that when you're out in the rough, you're often within 20 feet of a cougar and don't know it. This means a guy like me, who's spent much of his life in the woods, has been in that position many times.
That's hundreds of moments I might already have been dead, but for the judgement of a ruthless, unstoppable panther.
If that ain't a Zen teaching, I don't know what is.
(Adapted from 100 Days on the Mountain, copyright RK Henderson. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and a generous photographer.)