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A Little Buddha Told Me October 26, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Mindfulness, Spirit & Ego.

“In the end, only three things matter:
how much you loved,
how gently you lived,
and how gracefully you let go
of things not meant for you.”
~ Buddha


Aah . . . that’s better!

Quote borrowed from Judith who is soaking up Florence at the moment!


1. shreejacob - October 26, 2013

Short and sweet but full of wisdom πŸ˜€
Like the Buddha like cat too πŸ˜‰

nrhatch - October 26, 2013

That Buddha cat sits on my desk ~ that’s the type of prompt I have sprinkled about to remind me to mind my mindfulness. πŸ˜€

shreejacob - October 26, 2013

Ah! Gotcha πŸ™‚ Thanks!

2. Grannymar - October 26, 2013

I am always amazed how one sentence can say more than a thousand words.

Sometimes the letting go is the difficult part.

nrhatch - October 26, 2013

It becomes easier with practice.

And, when we let go of what isn’t meant for us, we have two hands and a whole heart open to grab other opportunities as they float into view. Opportunities we might otherwise miss.

Grannymar - October 26, 2013

Words to hold on too! Thanks, Nancy!

3. katecrimmins - October 26, 2013

That last one…yikes! Wish I could do that when I was younger.

nrhatch - October 26, 2013

Your comment reminded me of the heartbreak of “unrequited love” ~ and learning that yearning doesn’t make it so. πŸ˜•

4. atreegrowsinbklyn - October 26, 2013

In the words of Emeril Lagasse- Bam! πŸ™‚

nrhatch - October 26, 2013

I’ll see your Emeril and raise you a Gomer Pyle ~ Shazam! :mrgreen:

5. Tom Merriman - October 26, 2013

Very true!

nrhatch - October 26, 2013

I think so . . . but Col’s not persuaded. πŸ˜‰

6. colonialist - October 26, 2013

Just to be difficult, I disagree with your plump pudding pal.
We have our ticket for the ride, and all of it is important to us!

nrhatch - October 26, 2013

Whee! This ride of a lifetime => a combined Tilt-A-Whirl and Roller Coaster! :mrgreen:

I see the truth in both perspectives. Live, Love, Let Go.

colonialist - October 26, 2013

*alarmed* Don’t let go until it’s stopped or you fall out! πŸ™‚

nrhatch - October 26, 2013

Hang on tight and keep your wits about you! It’s going to be a bumpy ride. πŸ˜›

7. kateshrewsday - October 26, 2013

Nancy, I need a huge poster with the words and the cat.
Fabulous little post, thank you.

nrhatch - October 26, 2013

Thanks, Kate. This is quite the Merry-Go-Round, eh?

8. Patricia - October 26, 2013

Nancy, I have a frame for this so I copied it and will hang it someplace where I will see it every day. Thanks!

nrhatch - October 26, 2013

Yay! Enjoy it! The Buddha Cat sits beside my writing desk ~ reminding me to maintain mindfulness.

9. lindalitebeing - October 26, 2013

short and to the point, and cute πŸ™‚

nrhatch - October 26, 2013

Hope your weekend is off to a FAB start, Linda. We went to a pumpkin tasting at Fresh Market ~ pumpkin pie, pumpkin salsa, pumpkin raisin bread, pumpkin caramel sauce. All YUM!

lindalitebeing - October 26, 2013

I adore pumpkin! Ever try pumpkin cheesecake or pumpkin pecan pie? Pumpkin caramel sauce, wow!

I am taking it slow and easy after a very hectic weak, I am coming back to life and may go out tomorrow Nancy.

nrhatch - October 26, 2013

If you like pumpkin, you might want to check out the recent posts on Rufus Food & Spirits Guide ~ they are sharing tons of great Pumpkin Recipes:


I had Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Caramel Pecan Sauce once ~ FANTASTIC!

10. geanieroake - October 26, 2013

I love this, but the last line, not so much. Sure we should let go of things not meant for us, just don’t give up too soon.

nrhatch - October 26, 2013

I don’t interpret the last line as “giving up” so much as “accepting the what is” with grace.

For example, I apply for a job. I don’t get it. I can be disgruntled and unhappy and hang on to those bad feelings OR I can gracefully let go of “that job” and look for another.

Same goes for “that man” (that someone else just married) or “that piece of chocolate” (that someone else just ate) or “that house” (that someone else just bought).

geanieroake - October 26, 2013

Hmmm . . . this is an interesting line of thought. Where do you draw the line between being persistent and refusing to give up on your dreams and goals, and having enough common sense to know when it’s time to move on.
I think it’s a matter of perspective. I mean, you can say O.K. that man / house / /cookie wasn’t for me, but that doesn’t mean I have to give up on my dream or of being a homeowner, having a husband, or eating chocolate chip cookies. Is this as clear as mud?
I know I’m being way too analytical here, I tend to get carried away, but I do enjoy discussion that makes me think.

nrhatch - October 27, 2013

I never “draw THE line” ~ because IT all depends on what IT is. I would gracefully surrender A cookie with far less difficulty that surrendering ALL cookies. :mrgreen:

I don’t view the quote as encouraging me to give up on my dreams ~ unless they are no longer my dreams.

Perseverance is good . . . provided that we are headed in the right direction. This post and the comment thread might be of interest:


geanieroake - October 27, 2013

Great post “you’re going the wrong way,” and lots of good comments. I like the guy that said if you keep going in the direction you’re headed, you’re likely to get there. Love your blog(s).

nrhatch - October 27, 2013

Thanks, geanie! I look forward to reading more on your blog.

11. Three Well Beings - October 27, 2013

What a wonderful quote. What wonderful words to live by! I love the B. Kliban cat. I haven’t seen him for awhile and he’s a favorite. πŸ™‚

nrhatch - October 27, 2013

B. Kliban cats have faded from view ~ I rarely see them on greeting cards, wallets, shirts, or calendars any more. I framed this card years ago and still love it.

12. lindalitebeing - October 27, 2013

I follow Rufus and have been besieged with pumpkin goodness. The most recent post took me over the edge as I am now craving pumpkin. I even like wearing the color and did wear a pumpkin sweater today πŸ™‚

nrhatch - October 27, 2013

This is the right month to enjoy pumpkin goodness. πŸ˜€

lindalitebeing - October 27, 2013

I bought some pumpkin bread today, could not resist!

nrhatch - October 27, 2013

I think Pumpkin Raisin bread is one of my favorites. Enjoy every bite.

13. sufilight - October 27, 2013

This quote is pure wisdom. Imagine, mankind really has not changed when it comes to ego and attachments which is the root of human suffering.

nrhatch - October 27, 2013

I agree, Marie. Many wish to “conquer the world” due to Ego’s grasping and greedy desire to have the world accommodate it.

How much easier it is to “conquer the mind.”
When we master our thoughts, we master our life. Namaste.

14. Jacqueline King - October 27, 2013

Excellent! This has gone straight into my ‘favourite quotes’ book! For me the last line reminds me to observe where my responsibility lies and to focus on that, instead of fretting about matters that don’t concern me. Thank you for the wisdom, Nancy! πŸ™‚

nrhatch - October 27, 2013

Yes! This quote resonates with us where we are. For some, it’s a reminder to let go of incessant desire for things (or people). For others, it’s about accepting the “what is” with serenity.

So glad it landed in your favorites book. I think it’s a keeper too.

15. Pix Under the Oaks - October 27, 2013

Excellent quote and you know I love the Kliban kitty.

nrhatch - October 27, 2013

Thanks, Pix. Hope you’re having a happy Sunday. 😎

16. Andra Watkins - October 28, 2013

That Buddha was smart.

nrhatch - October 28, 2013

Yes! Smarter than your average cat. πŸ˜›

17. jannatwrites - October 28, 2013

Wise words. In reading the comments above, I liked the discussion about that last line. I take it as letting go of things that weren’t meant to be (like the job example you used), or hurts that become a burden. So, I guess it’s more of a message of peace and forgiveness to me.

nrhatch - October 28, 2013

Same here! Sometimes we don’t get what we want. That’s a given. Often out of our control. But we can learn to control our response to life’s letdowns ~ by dusting ourselves off and saying, “I guess that wasn’t the job for me.”

18. gita4elamats - November 9, 2013

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