For Francis

A couple of days ago, as I was thinking about a close friend whose father is living out his final few days, a quote appeared in my inbox in an email from, attributed to the Buddha.

I’m wary of fake quotes and I don’t know if the Buddha actually said those words. But I like them. I wrote those words down the left side of the page and I wrote some more words down the right side of the page. This morning, I heard from my friend that her father had left his body. This is for Francis.

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