A man at peace lives happily, abandoning ideas of victory and defeat. Dhammapada 15.201.
on the frozen path
I met a fox
we walked together
to the river's edge -
she leapt into the water
became a trout
became a wave
"Thomas sensed that one of modernity's most distinctive tensions would be between mobility and displacement on the one hand, and dwelling and belonging on the other--
the former ubiquitous, the latter becoming lost (if it had ever been possible) and reconfigured as nostalgia."
“we are continually overflowing toward those who preceded us, toward our origin, and toward those who seemingly come after us. ... It is our task to imprint this temporary, perishable earth into ourselves so deeply, so painfully and passionately, that its essence can rise again “invisibly,” inside us. We are the bees of the invisible. We wildly collect the honey of the visible, to store it in the great golden hive of the invisible.”
"Adam Nicolson has written of the 'powerful absence[s]' ...remembered landscapes exert upon us, but they exist as powerful presences too, with which we maintain deep and abiding attachments. These, perhaps, are the landscapes in which we live the longest, warped though they are by time, and abraded... by distance." 198. Granite. The Old Ways. Macfarlane
"Perhaps that is why we do not recognise the all-encompassing silence of the photograph as silence. We can't hear its absence because we take the photograph for the thing photographed." 80. Silence, John Buguenet
The GIF seems to embody this, an eerie pseudo-acetate film strip stuck in soundless, endless repetitive motion...going nowhere again and again and again....