“Like a sand castle, all is temporary. Build it, tend it, enjoy it. And when the time comes let it go.” ~Jack Kornfield
“Even castles made of sand, fall into the sea, eventually.” ~Jimi Hendrix
“When building sand castles on the beach, we can ignore the waves, but should watch the tide.” ~Edsger Dijkstra
I haven’t made a sand castle in years. But today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt reminded me of the past few months spent away from the beach – not having heard the sound of waves or felt the grains of sand beneath my feet. It also evoked memories of what a sand castle stands for – the epitome of transience. A lesson we learned as young children, that nothing lasts forever. You enjoy things while you have them, grateful for their presence in your life, but one needs to let go eventually. Hoarding objects or confining people, being materialistic or controlling, does not get us anywhere. How ever much one tries to save or preserve a sand castle, it is a futile endeavor. The waves will wash it away, or the wind blow it down, or people playing and running on the beach might trample upon it. You can’t take it home with you, because that defeats the purpose of it belonging on the beach. So you create, and marvel at your handiwork, and watch it all go away, only with the hope of returning to do it again another day. Let us learn from the virtues of the sand castle – be grateful, appreciative, and acknowledge the things and people in our lives, do our best for them, and in the eventuality of things not working out, humbling letting go and learning from the experience, accepting the reality of things we cannot change, with the strength to grow and be better people. In these trying times let us look at the transitory impermanence of the sand castle for hope and inspiration that this, too, shall wash away some day, and we can return to create anew.