A few months ago, I had posted about a fire at my workplace and the prospect of ‘losing everything’. At that time I wrote,
“The reality and inevitability of loss never hit me harder.”
I mentioned how a man’s acceptance of losing his entire family to the tsunami disturbed me more than the images of devastation.
“Everything included three children and all seven grandchildren. He spoke in a sad yet calm voice… ‘The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. It is the cycle of life.’”
At that time, I could not fathom his grief, nor how he and others would cope. Now I can. Anicca, (or impermanence) as I experienced it in Vipassana last year, has a much deeper meaning. As the old man said, the cycle of life trundles on.
P.S. Thank you all who've kept us in your thoughts and prayers. Thanks for your lovely messages and for being with us through this time. We truly appreciate it.