Reflecting on the impermanence of this life is important.
My niece recently taught me a game on my iPhone.. Since I have little personal interaction with them on a one to one basis, I thought it was a good idea to be trendy as a in-thing, in addition to the uncle-nieces interaction.
Its called draw something, which awards coins if u guess what the other person is drawing. With the money, you can buy additional bombs (to get rid of some alphabets to give u a closer guess) or additional colours to make your pic more beautiful.
Soon, everyone is playing this game when they are free.. and we continue to laugh at each other's drawing of bagpipes, frodo, dark vader and lady gaga. It is all virtual and unreal, just for fun, and a sheer waste of time if you are addicted.
I suddenly realised something from this game.. it is a total reflection of impermanence, and this life too. While we are in the pursue of wealth, fame and success, are we not in the virtual world too?
Are we not feeding our greed, desire, anger, and ignorance in our games in life too? The fact that it looks so real, it is real?
Perhaps all is the flower in the mirror and moon in the river.. It is just a reflection. Not knowing the true purpose of this life, one falls into attachment to reflections rather than the "real thing"
But what then is the real thing?