Yes, it really is Penguins Awareness Day.
To commemorate and to be zen about it, we encourage you to learn zen from penguins.
There’s even a book about it called Zen Penguins which asks the question:
What is the sound of one flipper flapping?
Here are some life lessons from penguins, according to Jonathan Chester, a veteran polar photographer and expeditioner and author Patrick Regan who has written lots of books—some with penguins, some without:
“The obstacle is the path.”
“Live the life in front of you.”
“Be Still. Stay Chill.”
With their preternatural composure, it’s easy to imagine penguins as little Zen masters, according to the book.
They are patient, tolerant, aware of their surroundings, and live in the moment…all tenets of the Zen philosophy. A penguin’s life is not an easy life, and yet the Zen masters of the Antarctic waddle on.
Be Zen. Be Penguin.