“I could have.What does this phrase mean? At any given moment in our lives, there are certain things that could have happened but, didn’t. The magic moments go unrecognized, and then suddenly, the hand of destiny changes everything.” Paul Coelho
A very wealthy man asked a Zen master for a text which would always remind him how precious life was with his family.
The Zen master took some parchment and, in beautiful calligraphy, wrote:
“The father dies. The son dies. The grandson dies.”
What? – said the furious rich man. – I asked you for something to inspire me, some teaching which might be respectfully contemplated by future generations, and you give me something as depressing and gloomy as these words?
“You asked me for something which would remind you of the happiness of living together and the precious moments you have with your family, said the Zen Master.”
Knowing anyone of us could die at any moment is not something we need to focus on, rather, let’s hold this truth closely as a reminder of how precious and sacred life is, and that each moment counts.