04 March 2008

Silence

I am of the nature to grow old. There is no way to escape growing old.

I am of the nature to have ill health. There is no way to escape ill health.

I am of the nature to die. There is no way to escape death.

All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape being separated from them.

My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground upon which I stand.*

My father-in-law has just passed and I will be traveling for the funeral so please excuse this brief pause of silence.



*Thich Nhat Hanh, The Plum Village Chanting Book

6 comments:

Delina said...

I'm so sorry to hear that. My deepest sympathies. Take care.

Tablebread said...

Our sympathies go out to you and your family. We know the last couple of years have been like being the ball in an overplayed pinball machine. Stick in there.

Gloria said...

Please know that I am thinking about you and J. Much love and aloha from your friends in Wisconsin.

Gil said...

Sorry about your loss. My sympathies to you and your family.

bleeding espresso said...

So sorry to read this. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Cote de Texas said...

Alex, I am so sorry to hear this. Let me know when you get back home. much sympathy.

Joni