The art of living is to know when to hold fast and when to let go.For life is a paradox1: it enjoins2 to cling to its many gifts even while it ordains3 their eventual4 relinquishment5. The rabbis of old put it this way:” to this world with his fist clenched6， but when he dies， his hand is open. ”
Surely we ought to hold fast to life， for it is 7， and full of a beauty that breaks through every pore of God’s own earth. We know that this is so，but all too often we recognize this truth only in our backward glance when we remember what was and then suddenly realize that it is no more.
We remember a beauty that faded， a love that waned8. But we remember with far greater pain that we did not see that beauty when it flowered， that we failed to respond with love when it was tendered.
Hold fast to life but not so fast that you cannot let go. This is the second side of life’s coin， our losses， and learn how to let go.