Sunday, August 19, 2007

Whirlwind Weekends and Weathering Storms

A string of whirlwind weekends---and the impending death of my step-father---have been generally impeding my ability to blog as consistently as I would like. Regular readers will also notice that death, dying and the grieving process have also made themselves quite visible in recent writings. When faced with the mortality of a loved one, one's own mortality also indeed comes to the fore.

Gyalse Rinpoche has said: "Planning for the future is like going fishing in a dry gulch; nothing ever works out as you wanted, so give up all your schemes and ambitions. If you have got to think about something—make it the uncertainty of the hour of your death."

The above is interesting advice at such a transitional time in life, when the stability, well-being and future of family structure is in question. How can one plan when the future is so uncertain? One can only ask for guidance and peace of mind to weather the storms of the unfolding days.

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