The Buddha said, "All life is suffering." And he said that the source of that suffering is attachment. Attachment has the power to destroy even the strongest of us. Life does not owe us anything. Life is a sheer gift. And we should receive and live it as fully and as passionately as possible. My life-long mentor, Zorba, said, "Life is trouble! To be alive is to undo your belt and look for trouble!" However, we do not own the gift of life. It is not ours to possess. And we cannot control it no matter how hard we try. There are times when as painful as it can be, we must release the gifts that life has bestowed upon us. We must turn them over to the Universe, to all that is sacred and holy. As we choose to let go, as we mourn our losses, if we are open, we will find that life offers to us the seeds of healing and of in time moving joyfully and even passionately into the future. With all of my heart and mind and soul, I believe that Life is always, always more powerful than death.
On the walls of a cellar in Cologne, Germany, after World War II, this was found written,
"I believe in the Sun
even when it is not shining
I believe in Love
even when I feel it not
I believe in God
even when He is silent"
(I thank my wonderful friend, Jim Magruder, for the photograph.)