Things Change

I'm near the end of my 30 Days of Now experiment and I wanted to share one of my greatest realizations with you.  It is so simple and I'm sure you all know it, but sometimes we have to re-learn life's lessons -  Things change. 

One of the base ideas of Buddhism is that everything in life is impermanent - things change.  Our greatest source of suffering is resisting this truth.  We try to make things a certain way and then want them to stay that way.  Good luck with that.  Were it not for impermanence - change - our lives would not even be possible.

Flexibility in life is crucial to our happiness and well-being.  To constantly judge and wish for things to be different than they are is a fool's game and will only bring unhappiness in the long run.  We all experience birth, aging, illness, highs, lows, and finally death.  Accept life events for what they are and experience them with an open mind.  Try not to judge, sometimes the unplanned aspects of our lives bring about the most memorable moments.  Allow yourself permission to be fully present with whatever is going on in your life and explore the lessons in it.  Sometimes you don't need to do anything.

I'd like to leave you with an old Zen Koan:

There was an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically.

“Perhaps,” the farmer replied.

The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. “What great luck!” the neighbors exclaimed.

The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune.

The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out.

"Perhaps," said the farmer.....

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