Monday, September 20, 2010

More about impermanence

This is really very moving. And illuminating:

Because we do not know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well and yet everything happens only a certain number of times - and a very small number really. How many times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, an afternoon that is so deeply a part of your life that you can't even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more? Perhaps not even that. How many times will you watch the full moon rise, perhaps twenty, and yet it all seems so limitless…

-- Paul Bowles


  1. Anonymous9:55 AM

    Very very moving indeed. It almost moved me to tears as I read this sitting in my office. Decided to get up and say a warm hello to at least on colleague. Failing that I will call someone that I have not talked in a while.

    We take so much of our daily life for granted.

    -Learning to See

  2. Anonymous2:38 PM

    I'm with "learning to see"...

    it's ALWAYS a wake up call to be reminded of our impermanence.

    annie c

  3. Anonymous6:35 PM

    You DON'T know when you'll die?
    Are you serious? Add 4 years to the age at which your mother died and you'll be 95.3% correct.


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