Past present and future

The past is already past — don’t try to regain it. 

The present does not stay, don’t try to touch it from moment to moment. 

The future is not come, don’t think about it beforehand.

Layman Pang, 740 – 808, Chinese Chan layman.

Always wanting things otherwise

The emotions that sting most, are those that are absurd: longing for impossible things, precisely because they are impossible; nostalgia for what never was; the desire for what could have been; regret over not being someone else; dissatisfaction with the world’s existence.

Fernando Pessoa, Portuguese poet, writer and philosopher, The Book of Disquiet

Being content

When you have no desire,  everything is sufficient.
But when always seeking, then a lot of things seem impoverished.

However, plain vegetables can soothe hunger.
A patched robe is enough to cover this bent old body.
Alone,  I hike with a deer. Cheerfully I sing with village children.
The stream beneath the cliff cleanses my ears.
The pine on the mountain top fills my heart.

Ryokan, 1758–1831