Tomorrow morning, my wife and I will go to the hospital and my wife will have a c-section and my son will be born. Earlier this evening, I found this passage from the Lotus Sutra, chapter 16, which seemed appropriate (translation by Gene Reeves):
For him [the Buddha] there is no birth or death, neither retreat from nor emergence into the world. Nor is there any existing in the world and entering extinction follow that. Nothing is simply real, nothing simply empty, nothing as it seems, nothing the opposite. The threefold world is not as we experience it.
This universe presents only changing relationships which are sometimes seen as laws by short-lived awareness….If you must label the absolute, use its proper name: Temporary.
Life is change. Sometimes big changes, sometimes small changes. But it’s always changing. Tomorrow morning will be a big change, but it will still just be another change. It doesn’t help to be afraid or too excited. My son will be born, and we will enjoy another member of the family. 🙂