Brace! Brace! Brace!

One who braces for the hard knocks of life
will find them less shocking and painful.
Not bracing for reality is to be attached to fantasy.

– Stonepeace

During naval exercises, sometimes there is this announcement over the broadcast system to simulate incoming missile attacks:

Brace!
Brace!
Brace!

We’re expected to hold on to something steady then, in anticipation of sudden pitching and rolling of the ship. It just struck me that it’s one of the best accidental haikus I had ever come across. It’s the briefest too, with just  three syllables, while having a very clear, compassionate and wise message! What do you brace yourself upon? What is your refuge? The unshakable Dharma I hope.

Related Article:
Brace Yourself for Samsara
https://moonpointer.com/new/2009/05/brace-yourself-for-samsara