C’est la vie – That’s Life

Changes are a constant. How true. I was reminded of this once again as many events simultaneously unfolded in all quarters of my life recently.

As I looked back on the ups and downs, one phrase kept popping into my mind – “C’est la vie”. A few weeks earlier, my child asked me what that meant.

Yes, life holds its mysteries and wonders. We need to fully embrace every moment, as a gift, as a present. Admittedly, it’s not easy all the time, but that’s life.

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” – Lao Tzu

As a parent, I often wonder if I get too anxious, about the past and about the future. Yet, what I really need to do is to live in the present. Be fully present for myself, my children and my family.

Coping with changes can be distracting indeed. It probably requires the strength of a bull, the might of a lion and the sturdiness of an elephant. But most aptly, it probably requires us to be like water – fluid and flowing yet strong and living.

“Water is the softest thing, yet it can penetrate mountains and earth. This shows clearly the principle of softness overcoming hardness.” – Lao Tzu

So let us, as parents, focus on the present and treasure our family moments!


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