Ghost towns, abandoned cities, temples dedicated to forgotten gods. They were once home to hundreds, even thousands. What happened? Nature struck–from the volcanic devastation of ancient Pompeii to the complete elimination by wildfire just last week of Greenville, California. Sometimes resources vanish–oil, gold, water. Sometimes human-made disasters occur, leaving us to ask, “What could we have done differently?” Their remains are both poignant warnings and treasured reminders that nothing lasts forever. Except Forever.
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“Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last. But surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it.”
~W. Somerset Maugham
“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.”
“That which is impermanent attracts compassion. That which is not provides wisdom.”
“Nature is a constant reminder of the beauty of consistence, the vanity of arrogance, and the necessity of impermanence.”
“Nothing lasts, except your decision to celebrate everything, everyone, for the beauty that is there within each moment, each smile, each impermanent flicker of infinity.”