September 21st, 2012

Regret bottles disappointment. Nostalgia bottles joy.

Both are trying to keep the past alive.

Don’t bottle the past. That ship has sailed.

Bottle a lighthouse, a flame of acceptance.

Let each moment be exactly what it is; no more, no less.

As the Tao te Ching says, “Realize that all things change,

and you stop trying to hold on.”

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  1. Nina Fox says:

    Very wise philosophy. Whenever we cross paths with the past, it is best to accept the moment in time and not have expectations based on past experiences as that will only lead to disappointment. Best meet it like a new fresh start…not a continuance of an old one. As you so eloquently said, that ship has sailed. I do believe if true feelings and friendships are there, so will be the sensitivity and caring. I have had friends that I have not seen in decades, yet when I meet them again, nothing has changed other than outward appearances and more of life’s battle scars. I met my best friend in high school this year for the first time in 45 years. It was a joyous event. We had much to share and laugh about. Now we talk on the phone at least twice or more a month as she lives far away.

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  4. Samantha says:

    Very beautifully said. Sadly far to many refuse to let go of the past and it never ends happily

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