I am aged 81. I'm in good health so I think I have about seven or eight more years of living in this body.. Recently I have thought more about how fast seven or eighty years go by. Normally, my mind is filled with nonstop chatter, but as I get older, I think more of being no one going nowhere. When I am no one going nowhere I die and am born each second. Also when I am no one going nowhere, there is no separate I too have a problem so there are already no problems. When I am no one going nowhere, I notice I am more one with everyone and everything and that everyone and everything is impermanent. This piece reminded me of the story of Zorba the Greek who once met a 95-year-old man planting in oak tree. Zorba said something like, "Hey old man don't you know it takes a very long time for the oak tree to grow?" And the old man said: "I live as though I am never going to die." And Zorba then said: "And I live as though each day were my last."
On Apr 12, 2013jo wrote :
Conrad, may we all take heed to the wisdom of Zorba the Greek. Love it . . . love you! Eternal life in you!