One of my friends got a hit by a taxi on his bicycle on the way to work, fortunately not seriously, and luckily just outside the gate of a SOS clinic. I sent him a message: “……we’d better always stay with SOS.”
It doesn’t mean we expect more troubles for ourselves, but be always ready for distress moments. We are definitely not sure when and how they will come. I have a small plum tree on the window sill of my balcony, the red plum flowers in early spring are beautiful, the trunk with green leaves in summer looks elegant, but yesterday it suddenly became withered. There might be some reasons intangible inside it.
We should believe that the intangible world is much bigger than the tangible, which is quite limited. Because our senses are limited. It is not wise to judge “going to be” just based on personal senses. Most of distressful moments are beyond the reach of senses.
The two meanings of SOS are Save Our Ship and Save Our Soul. It is meaningful for Zen that the Ship means the Body, the Soul refers to the Mind. If we can wait for others to save our body, but who can save our soul? Nobody but yourself. But it will be too late to be saved in the moment of an accident! So we must start to survive Now and every moment in the future. We should always be mindful: “are you ready to embrace the end of your day?” May be just a little end: )
When that friend met me the other day, I said to him: “sometimes it is too late to wait for SOS.” He agreed with a nod: “sure, I should not lose my moment of now.”