Impermanence is, to me, what makes life thrilling and worth living. Knowing that things constantly change means that there is a possibility that today will be a great day filled with wonder and great surprises. And since things will change no matter what, we might as well use this to create opportunities for a brighter future and to improve everyone’s lives. Impermanence is a great thing. But, it is this impermanence that also brings ‘losses’ into our lives as it makes way for new things, and coping with these losses is perhaps the most difficult thing for me to do.
There is a big part of me that is driven to understand the what, the how, the why and then to try to control it, try to make everything predictable, manageable, manipulable. The engineer and consultant in me just wants to be able to design a future, cut out the painful parts, sprinkle in a little bit of more happiness each day, put it to production (an optimized production, of course) and then see it flawlessly come to life. Yet life has a funny way of reminding me constantly that things will continue to change whether I like it or not, and that I should not think of the future as something known or predictable.
The main problem I have is losing a strong connection with someone. My feelings towards people change as our relationship evolves, or dissolves, without any conscious effort on my behalf. Similarly, people’s opinions about me, and their feelings toward me, will inevitably change over time, for the better or worse. Trying to somehow predict how someone will feel about me, or overly trying to make them think about me or feel about me in a certain way will only result in pain and a quicker deterioration in our relationship.
As people move on with their lives, either physically or emotionally, I must adjust to accept the reality of the moment. I shall always cherish the bond we have or used to share and take this new reality as a potentially temporary situation that will in the future reverse. Distance and time help clear up our thoughts and bring to life the true feelings we have, sometimes even bringing people back to your life with an even stronger connection. But if that’s not the case, and the change is permanent, I must accept that new reality and be grateful for the great memories of what used to be.
I must focus on the present moment and what life is bringing to it right now, and make the best of it. I need to leave the things that are out of my control at ease, let them get sorted out, and trust that anything that is missing to complete a chapter in my life story will come at just the appropriate time and place. I should now focus my attention on cultivating what is appropriate at this time. One step at a time.