As I continue to explore the teachings of Buddhism, I came across this poem that I found quite interesting. I offer it to you as some final simple thoughts upon which to reflect:
If you realize that all things change,
there is nothing you will try to hold on to.
If you aren’t afraid of dying,
there is nothing you can’t achieve.
If you want to shrink something, you must first allow it to expand.
If you want to get rid of something, you must first allow it to flourish.
If you want to take something, you must first allow it to be given.
This is called the subtle perception of the way things are.
The soft overcomes the hard.
The slow overcomes the fast.
Let your workings remain a mystery;
Just show people the results.
True words aren’t eloquent;
Eloquent words aren’t true.
Wise men don’t need to prove their point;
Men who need to prove their point aren’t wise.
If you look to others for fulfillment,
You will never truly be fulfilled.
If your happiness depends on money,
You will never be happy with yourself.
Be content with what you have;
Rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
The whole world belongs to you.