Yesterday and today
Experiences from the past can give us knowledge;
Plans for the future can provide us with direction.
It is necessary to give attention to both,
as we all have end of the year performance reviews,
new year resolutions, etc.
Satisfaction from bygone achievements
or frustration caused by past failures
is called clinging;
disappointment and remorse due to unachieved future plans
is also called clinging.
Deal with whatever comes, and let go of whatever’s gone.
One would be easily caught up in emotions and afflictions
by not seeing the rise and fall of causes and conditions for what they are,
and hoping in vain that things would stand still from a certain moment.
Instead,we should learn from the past,
let everything that once happened nourish us,
by reflecting on personal growth, doing good and making friends,
being grateful and so on.
Such will create a better future.
When setting goals for the future,
the most important thing is to plan
what should be done as a “cause”,
not what should be gained as an “effect”.
With a new year come new causes and conditions.
Seize the present and work hard.