Someone from my mailing list took the time to crosspost this excerpt, taken from the weblog InFavorofThinking.blogspot.com. As this is the new Chinese year, I though it nice to have a little philosophic reminder to put life into perspective.
I am of the nature to grow old. There is no way to escape growing old.
I am of the nature to have ill health. There is no way to escape ill health.
I am of the nature to die. There is no way to escape death.
All that is dear to me and everyone I love are of the nature to change. There is no way to escape being separated from them.
My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground upon which I stand.
Or as they say around these parts, "don't sweat the small stuff" and "it's all small stuff".
Blessed be everyone, and "tashi delay".