Impermanence

ImpermanenceOn the day when many of us promised to love each other forever, it is wise to remember that although we mean what we say, our human frailty will most certainly mean that we are unable to keep that promise. It has often been said that the only certain things in life are death and taxes, with death being the most certain.

Now don’t get all upset with me, I’m not trying to bring everyone down, just to put our promises in context. What we really mean is that we will love the other till our Wheel of Life turns full circle and we embark on our next lifetime. Not such a shabby promise after all, in my opinion.

But it is a good time to think about our mortality, not in a negative way, but in a way that we can focus on the most important things in life, and how many of those need to be completed while we still have chance.

Impermanence is a very important part of Buddhist teaching. Remembering that everything in our lives is ever changing, and nothing lasts forever, reminds us to make the most of each and every day. It also reminds us to treat our friends, family and particularly today, our partners, with love, compassion and understanding.

So having brought us all down to earth with a bump, I hope you all had a wonderful Valentines day. Just remember to show your love to others every day, not just when the card shops tell you that you should.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. midniterainbow
    Feb 16, 2012 @ 17:05:20

    when you view life and love as cycles of life, it put things into perspective: What we do in this life echoes eternity. So even when we promise to love a person forever, in the forseeable mind, forever ends when the natural life ends, but the karma we carry with us into the next life may also bring us back to those same people that we have promised “forever” to. =)

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  2. homophilosophicus
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 20:44:31

    Ouch! This was a lovely thought, but yes — ouch. I wonder if you have ever read the Graham Greene novel ‘The End of the Affair.’ This is one of the few pieces of literature which has reduced me to tears; the intensity of the love affair and the constant awareness of its ‘impermanence.’ This was what came to mind in your entry. If you haven’t read it — you really must. Thanks Anupadin.

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