In the coming week I will be celebrating (and blogging about) two events—a birthday and an anniversary.
These two events mark the passage of time and the coming and going of milestones. It puts me in mind of a quote I keep posted on my office bulletin board:
Regard this fleeting world like this:
Like stars fading and vanishing at dawn,
like bubbles on a fast-moving stream,
like morning dewdrops evaporating on blades of grass,
like a candle flickering in a strong wind,
echoes, mirages, and phantoms, hallucinations,
and like a dream.
Do you find that quote depressing? Some people do.
I find it inspiring. It makes me sit up and pay attention. It makes me appreciate whatever is fleeting by me.
I will celebrate my milestones knowing they are mirages I can’t hold on to, so all the more to be enjoyed in the moment.