Not to cling

Dear brothers and sisters,

The vagaries of life
Though painful,
Teach us
Not to cling
To this floating world.

(Skeletons of the Zen master Ikkyu, The True Path, 101 Zen Stories)

The vagaries of life can be: person I love suddenly leaves me and goes with the wind.

The vagaries of life though painful, teach us not to cling to the person I love, teach us not to cling to love and teach us not to cling to happiness.

1. This world is fleeting. So person I love is fleeting, love is fleeting and happiness is fleeting.

Happiness is fleeting. Happiness comes and goes. So when happiness comes, live our best with happiness, and when happiness goes, we’ll not cry because happiness is over, but we’ll smile because we have learned what happiness is, and we do not regret the time we have had with happiness.

2. This world is fleeting. So sorrow is fleeting. Things the person I love and I have had (the wrongs I have done, the faults that person has done, our bad memories…) are fleeting. These things come and go.

Unhappy things come and go, so why do we try to cling to them?

Let them go.

Dear brothers and sisters,

Not to cling to anything. That’s what life teaches us.

Life loves us. Life wishes that we can touch true happiness. True happiness is the happiness coming from not clinging to anything.

Cling to nothing, and we’ll be free, and happy.

Have a happy day.

Phạm Thu Hương

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