Being a follower of the Dalai Lama on Twitter, I recently read his quote of the day (QOTD). It read, “Nothing is Permanent.” I am certain the Dalai Lama isn’t the first Eastern Philosophical Master to say this. I’d be willing to bet one of the Buddhas (if not the first Buddha, Siddhartha Guatama) said it many centuries ago. But I think it’s important to reiterate the meaning of this statement.
The statement is simple, yet how often do we humans behave as if everything is permanent? This begins with our life. We act as if we are going to live forever. We put off things we want to accomplish. We behave as if there is always tomorrow to write that novel, spend quality time with the family, or simply enjoy life. I believe this is especially true when it comes to males and their families. I once read in “Life’s Little Instruction Book” (which was written by a father to his son as he left for college) that no one was ever on their deathbed wishing they had spent more time at the office. To me this is the perfect evidence of how we pretend life is permanent.
What I interpret the Dalai Lama as saying is embrace your life. Realize “This Too Shall Pass,” whether it’s sadness, happiness, or your existence. Live your life fully, recognize that nothing is permanent, including you. The day I passed this quote on in my status on Facebook, I finished it with a lyric from The Eels: “Goddamn right it’s a beautiful day!” embrace the day, embrace your life.