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On Living with Impermanence

Recent events in Paris have acted as further potent reminders of our fragility, uncertainty and impermanence on this earth. What do we do with our time here? How do we persist in the face of such chaos? This post simply summons wisdom from the following quotes I’ve collected over the years and found to be most profound in addressing feelings of uncertainty. If you have any quotes to add, please do so in the comments below…

Quote #1 from – The Epic of Gilgamesh – A powerful reminder to make the absolute most of what little we have and to show up every day…

“When the heavenly gods created human beings, they kept everlasting life for themselves and gave us death. So, Gilgamesh, accept your fate. Each day, wash your head, bathe your body, and wear clothes that are sparkling fresh. Fill your stomach with tasty food. Play, sing, dance, and be happy both day and night. Delight in the pleasures that your wife brings you, and cherish the little child who holds your hand. Make every day of your life a feast of rejoicing! This is the task that the gods have set before all human beings. This is the life you should seek, for this is the best life a mortal can hope to achieve.”

Quote #2 via ― Omar Khayyam, –  A favorite quote of mine and a simple cue to come into the present moment, take a breath and realized that you have already arrived…

“Drink wine. This is life eternal. This is all that youth will give you. It is the season for wine, roses and drunken friends. Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”

Quote #3 by ― Agnes De Mille  – A truth known to any entrepreneur, artist and I would add – anyone human…

“Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.”

*NOTE – I hope you find these quotes as powerful as I do. If you have any quotes to share on living with impermanence, please add them in the comments section below and we will create a running resource to support all fellow humans in moments of uncertainty. Thank you! 

Here are a few practical resources on learning to let go 

 

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