There is a thought that is a double edge sword. “It won’t always be this way.”
When we are distressed in any way, we comfort ourselves by saying, “It won’t always be this way.”
But when we are totally enjoying life, we want to hold on to each golden moment and never let go. Sadness creeps in when we realize, “It won’t always be this way.”
Recently I realized how often I try to “hoard life.” I have a hard time letting go of people, places, good times, etc, etc. And yet, I note God created the heavens, earth and even our bodies to constantly change.
Letting go of the old allows the new to appear and flourish. In fact, our letting go is an act of faith. We can rest secure in the knowledge God will do a new thing. We can trust Him!
Thich Nhat Hanh’s words made me think. He said,
It is not impermanence that makes us suffer.
What makes us suffer is wanting things to be permanent when they are not.
We need to learn to appreciate the value of impermanence.
If we are aware of impermanence, we will take good care of ourselves.
When we know that the person we love is impermanent, we will cherish our beloved all the more.
Impermanence teaches us to respect & value every moment & all the precious things around us and inside of us.
When we practice mindfulness of impermanence, we become fresher & more loving.
And God said,
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?”