…”I knew a little girl to whom someone gave a bunny rabbit. She was so delighted with the bunny rabbit and so afraid of losing it, that taking it home in the car, she squeezed it to death with love. And lots of parents do that to their children. And lots of spouses do it to each other. They hold on too hard, and so take the life out of this transient, beautifully fragile thing that life is… To have it, to have life, and to have its pleasure, you must at the same time let go of it.” ~ Alan Watts
Isn’t it interesting that even though we live in a world where everything is constantly changing, a world where people, things, places, and experiences come and go, we somehow choose to ignore, reject and resist this truth and we try to grasp very hard on to everything and everyone?
We are afraid of letting go and we are afraid of living since learning to let go is learning to live… And because we hold on to everything so hard, we take the life out of everything and we take the life out of life.
Nothing in this world is ours to keep. Nothing is our to possess or cling on to. Everything is given to us to enjoy, to appreciate and to learn from, but never to keep. And the more we continue to resist this truth, the unhappier our lives will get and the more we will continue to suffer. Release all grasping and appreciate the life you are now living.
Put behind you all your fears, doubts and dreadful thoughts about what might happen tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, and concentrate your mind completely on what is. Stay focused and engaged in the present moment.
Appreciate your life exactly as it is right at this moment. Appreciate your life, your friends, your family, your home and all your material possessions… Appreciate all that there is to appreciate but claim nothing or no one as your own.And always remember that “Pleasure in its fullness cannot be experienced when one is grasping it.” ~ Alan Watts
The Surprising Secret to Living a Happy Life
P.S. Always remember, “What is born will die, What has been gathered will be dispersed, What has been accumulated will be exhausted, what has been built up will collapse, and what has been high will be brought low.” ~ Sogyal Rinpoche