“Whatever IS will be WAS.” Thich Nhat Hanh wrote: “If you suffer, it is not because things are impermanent. It is because you believe things are permanent. When a flower dies, you don't suffer much, because you understand that flowers are impermanent. But you cannot accept the impermanence of your beloved one, and you suffer deeply when she passes away."
If you look deeply into impermanence, you will do your best to make her happy right now. Aware of impermanence, you become positive, loving and wise. Impermanence is good news. Without impermanence, nothing would be possible. With impermanence, every door is open for change. Impermanence is an instrument for our liberation.”
Questions for reflection and discussion:
-How have you typically reacted to change?
-Recall a moment in your life when you realized things would never be the same. Was there sorrow attached to that moment? Joy? Wonder? Something else?
-What are you working to change in your life right now? How?
-What are you clinging to that will someday be gone?