“While am gone work on just these 3 things” the monk says the evening before his departure.

“Only 3?” I respond happily because I know he’ll be gone a long time.

I notice a smirk on his face as he says “Trust me, this will be enough”:

1| Be mindful to not hide pain with false joy

2| Don’t lose track of mindfulness in the joy

3| Watch exaggeration and ego