“We are like children building a sand castle. We embellish it with beautiful shells, bits of driftwood, and pieces of colored glass. The castle is ours, off limits to others. We’re willing to attack if others threaten to hurt it. Yet despite all our attachment, we know that the tide will inevitably come in and sweep the sand castle away. The trick is to enjoy it fully but without clinging, and when the time comes, let it dissolve back into the sea.”-Pema Chodron
As a child, no beach vacation is truly complete until a sandcastle has been built, right? You spend almost an entire day creating it, only to come out the next day and find it gone, swallowed up by the big, blue ocean.
Life is just like that sandcastle. Parents invest in raising their children, students in their education, and bakers in their culinary creations. We hold onto these things, thinking that they are eternal, lasting forever. It is as the apostle James wrote in James:4:13-14,
“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.’ Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”
We become so consumed with the end goal that we lose the joy in the journey it takes to get there. As was stated in Peace Through The Waves, we should never be anxious for the future, but enjoy the present, day by day. Our Heavenly Father has given us each day as a blessing. Take advantage of this and savor each moment and chapter of your life.