Live without Anticipation

Yutang Lin

Although wishful plans repeatedly got cut short,
Habitual lingering in daydreaming remains alive.
Rather than grasping to illusion and worry much,
Why not live without anticipation to face reality?


Most worldly people hold on to certain anticipations. Even though facts of life are such that sweet dreams are mostly cut short, many people still would not change such habitual lingering and longing. Consequently, they could not free themselves from the sorrow of worrying about gains and losses. Whatever comes to one in life are known only upon facing; without anticipations such encounters would still remain no more and no less. If we could see things in this light and live accordingly, then there would be less worries and more joy born of spontaneity.

Written in Chinese and translated on August 3, 2003
El Cerrito, California

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