I think the big eye-opener for me was when a relative died and we had to deal with all of her stuff.
It seems that when a person dies, their possessions die too.
So many things that had so much meaning, a few moments later, mean nothing at all.
I think about the person who is lying on their deathbed, about to die,
and they are calm, at peace.
Someone asks, "do you need some water?"
"No thank you".
"can I get you another pillow? Is your blanket enough?"
and the person who is at peace with the world no longer needs anything.
There is no need to turn on the TV,
or to find something to do.
So, maybe they just smile a little at all the people standing around,
just being there
if such good fortune is the case.
And I think, maybe that feeling of not needing anything, at just being at peace with the world at the moment
is the way a person should try to live every day.
There is a saying,
the more stuff you own,
the more stuff owns you.
Profile Picture: "The Foaming Monk"
The Chinese characters are Fo (buddha) and Ming (bright). The image is of a student of Buddhism, who, imagining himself to be a monk, and not understanding the true meaning of the words takes the sound of the words literally. Likewise, People on web forums sometime seem to be foaming at the mouth. Original painting by P.Volker /used by permission.