“Like a sandcastle, all is temporary. Build it, tend it, enjoy it. And when the time comes, let it go.”
One of my fondest memories as a child is going to the beach in Long Island, New York with my cousins and family. We’d swim, play frisbee and do one of my favorite pastimes, build sandcastles. Each time we created one it look quite different from the previous one. We were so meticulous in our designs right down to the windows and the exterior walls and the towers high above. We’d even built a moat as the waves would crash down towards it filling the trench we just built. We had a blast. And as the sun set, so did the time we had with that sandcastle before we left it behind for the ocean to reclaim the sand used to build it once more.
I think that is what Jack Kornfield’s quote and example of the sandcastle reminds us that life itself and the moments within it are all temporary. We are it’s creator. We create the moment, tend to it, enjoy it and then when the next moment comes along we let it go. Sometimes those memories are harder to let go than others. But each one should be cherished and never forgotten. Each of these happenings all come about by our decisions. Let’s make sure to decide when to create the moment, tend to it, enjoy it and… when the time is right, let it go. It’s all within our own control.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards developing your responsible decision making skills?