“Clinging to the transient as if it were eternal is painful. . . .If you cling to what sooner or later will no longer be. . .you will fear its loss.” Choose Only Love: Let Yourself Be Loved (COL bk.2, 12:II)
Love is eternal, and even though we know that the lives of those we love do end on earth, they continue in another plane. So here we are not talking about love, for love is not transient.
There are many things that are, though, and we adore them to our peril. This truth helps us to see why we have such fears, fears that keep us from enjoying life to the full. We fear the loss of what we have valued, when what we have valued is not going to last. The material blessings of our lives fall into this category, a place where loss might certainly happen.
We have to put our faith in what does last, and these are all intangibles. The intangibles are love (as we have said), harmony, peace, joy, contentment, happiness. It is true that some of these things wane from time to time, but we are much better off putting our trust in their continuance, lest we create a self-fulfilling prophecy of loss.
Avoid the pain of clinging to the transient. Ask to put our faith in the intangible, and our lives will blossom evermore into something beautiful.