#59 the old woman at the temple

“假作真时真亦假 无为有处有还无。” – 红楼梦

I was at a temple paying respect to my late grandfather when I met this old woman. She looked like she was in her 80s and she was on a wheelchair. She held the joss sticks in her hands and started to pray in Hokkien (a Chinese dialect), “Dear God, please bless my sons, daughters, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Please bless them with good health and safe journeys…”

As I listened to her prayers, I started to think that sometimes we get so caught up in things that we forget what the most important things in life are. If we and the people closest to us do not have good health or safe journeys, then everything else that we have is rather worthless. We build our lives based on these two premises which are so basic yet so easily taken for granted.

Sometimes once in a while, we need to zoom out on our lives in order to realize what the most important things in life are and to be contented with life. Bad moments will pass, this is certainly not the worst thing that can happen to a human being so keep the faith and be thankful to the things that you already have.

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