In The Illiad, Homer says:
“The Gods envy us. They envy us because we’re mortal, because any moment might be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed.”
In the grand scheme of things, this quote may not seem very comforting. However, its advice truly is powerful if we take it. It urges us to appreciate the beauty of everything in our lives because everything—not just us, everything—is transient. A tender moment with a loved one, a delicate rose in the garden, a crimson sunset—they all are exquisitely transient. They all change and become something else, which we call “ending.”
Nowhere is this more important to realize than in our relationships. As Thich Nhat Hanh says in his book, No Death, No Fear, “Let impermanence nurture love.” Many of us avoid fully committing to a relationship or desperately grasp the one we have because we fear the pain of its ending. Instead, the inevitable mortality of our relationships can make them more precious instead of frightening. In one way or another, every relationship ends, and if we know and accept this, we can cherish every moment we share with the ones we love.
Today, let your realization of impermanence nurture your love as well as your appreciation for the beauty that is all around you.
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