Even if it's a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe,
Even if it's a tree that stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do,
Even if it's a long way from here.
Hold on to your life,
Even if it's easier to let go.
Hold on to my hand,
Even if someday I'll be gone away from you.
This prayer, is a reminder of what people need to do. Especially in an age of chaos filled with constant change. Holding on to what is good in a time of everything being interpreted as relative to a person's experience can lead to forgetting about timeless wisdom. The wisdom shared by generations which makes life worth living.
Knowing when to hold on to life, each other and what to do in given circumstances is learned.
In some cultures, wisdom or what people sometimes call common sense, is learned through observation and watching elders. There is no need for instructions to be laid down with precision for them to be followed; for people to know what to do and how to behave. Similarly, actions speak louder than words in some cultures. People may not say "I love you" out of habit or because it has become a cultural norm but every action, every look and gesture speaks of a love that needs no words. I often think of the movie Ghost in which the spouse of the main character asks why her husband never says I love you. His reply is that people say I love you all the time and that it does not mean anything.
Which patterns of behaviour are important in your life and why? What are you praying for?