“Everything is subject to change. Nothing lasts forever.” – Master Choa Kok Sui in Experiencing Being Golden Lotus Sutra.
As the title say, the topic I am discussing this week is about change and permanence. To me, these two words are always interlinked. One will not exist when the other is.
Growing up in a Buddhist family, I was always reminded that nothing is permanent. Everything is subjected to change. It means that all the success and wealth that we are enjoying today, they are subjected to change. You might say that those wealthy people are always wealthy. Some of them seems to always stay at the peak of their success after achieving it. However, you should know they do not stay at the same place. Their wealth might decrease and increase every seconds of the day.
My mother would always tell me to save up and not spend all my earnings so that when I go into the lower points of my life, these savings will be able to tide me through them and lighten my sufferings. This has helped me in many ways throughout my short 25 years of life. However, if you look deeper into her advice, she’s unconsciously telling me that my life is not permanent. That everything changes. I will not always be able to earn as much as I am earning now. I will earn more someday and I will earn less on other days.
Ok, we have been focusing on the not so good stuff. How can we use this revelation into something positive? One advice I like to give to my husband whenever he bumps into trouble is that nothing is permanent and we will pass through this test. It means that life was hard at but we know for sure that things will turn better as long as we do our part. As long as we do not just sit still, doing nothing, things will get better. Why? Because nothing is permanent. Sometimes, the hard times are longer and other times, they are shorter, but they will pass for sure.
This got me thinking too. What would I want to reminisce when I’m old and wrinkly? Would I want to remember the good old days when I was healthy and young or would I want to remember the good times I had while volunteering? The satisfaction they bring me. Would I want to proudly say that I have left a mark with my blog and make fun of them for being so silly?
How about you? What would you want to remember?