The Stream


From Thich Nhat Hanh’s Good Citizens: “There is great joy in us, even in those things that contain suffering. For example, the Buddha saw that old age contained suffering. But I’m old and I’m so happy. I have found that old age is something very delicious. When we get old, we don’t have all the excitement and stress that young people may have. We have more maturity and we have learned from years of unskillful experience to be more skillful. So old age is wonderful. When you are a young person, you are like a young creek, and you meet many rocks, many obstacles and difficulties on your way. You hurry to get past these obstacles and get to the ocean. But as the creek moves down through the fields, it becomes larger and calmer and it can enjoy the reflection of the sky. It’s wonderful. You will arrive at the sea anyway so enjoy the journey. Enjoy the sunshine, the sunset, the moon, the birds, the trees, and the many beauties along the way. Taste every moment of your daily life. Old age can be very enjoyable.”


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