Yang Zhu advises, "Obtain as much joy from life as you can, and then accept death when it comes, for everything must end." With typical Taoist bluntness, he points out, "Even if someone lives to be a hundred years old, a great part of that time is spent in the infirmities of childhood and old age. A huge part is consumed by sleep at night and worries by day. Much of it is wasted in sorrow and fear. Only a small fraction remains for enjoying being alive - so don't waste it!"
Focus for contemplation:
Experiment with taking life lightly. If you are facing a difficult predicament, refuse to get pulled into the melodrama of it all and let it just be what it is. Try seeing the funny side. Be sure to laugh at yourself as often as ossible. The Taoist way is to enjoy life as much as possible, by really appreciating the good and completely accepting the bad. Experiment with embracing wholeheartedly every opportunity you have to enjoy yourself. Make the most of your life.
This is a card that I keep drawing over and over.. which along with my husband's frequent admonitions to "lighten up"... really points out how much I NEED to take life and myself less seriously.