365 Days for Travelers: Oct 5

PREFACE TO THE ORCHID PAVILION COLLECTION (EXCERPT)

We gaze upon the formidable universe and overlook
an immensely diverse earth. Thus, we are able to
broaden our views, and expand our horizons, which
suffices to be a luxury that pleases the eyes and ears.
In associating with others throughout life, some
gather under a roof to share their ambitions, while
some, overwhelmed by emotion, enter a trance of
freedom from the restrictions of reality. Though
in─between them lie a range of varied interests,
differing in temperaments of serenity and
excitability, the moment they take pleasure in what
they encounter, satisfied and content, they remain
unaware of approaching old age.

When they become fed up with
their preoccupations, emotions change along with
that of the world, and remorse takes the place of
contentment. That which had satisfied them, in the
blink of an eye, has become that of the past, and all
that is left is but a choice to not lament over it.
Moreover, though the human lifespan changes
according to one’s acts, eventually, all must die. Just
as those in the past had once said, “life and death are
also important moments.” Does not this cause even
greater sorrow!