Seventy-Six

Living plants are green and flexible,

the dead ones are dry and brittle.

We are born gentle and yielding,

in death we are rigid and stiff.


The inflexible person

is a disciple of death.

Whoever is open to change

is a disciple of life.


To be vulnerable

is to be alive.

To always be guarded

is to be shielded from life.


The hard will break and crack apart.

The soft will bend and rise up.