A Year of the Tao – Day 32

“Sharpen a blade too much and its edge will soon be lost.  Fill your house with jade and gold and it brings insecurity.”

(From A New Way of Thinking, A New Way of Being Experiencing the Tao Te Ching)

 

Interesting pairing of concepts.  Both have something to do with excesses in striving to achieve power either by force on the one hand or through riches on the other.  In either case the search for security ends in futility.

We come into this life with nothing and leave with nothing.  In the interim the only purpose that makes sense is to give everything away. But what do we have to give away if we have nothing?  That’s the beauty of it—what we arrive with is everything we could ever want or need—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.   The bible refers to these as the fruit of the Spirit “against which there is no law.”

What if we taught our children that the nurturing and distribution of these qualities was their sole purpose for being here?  What if we listened to our elders who after decades of trial and error have come to this same conclusion?  What if Lennon and McCartney were right and all we need is love?

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About Karen Nicholson

“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” ~ John Milton Writing about these moments of awe has been a driving force of my life for, well, as long as I can remember. Coupled with a devotion to sunrises and sunsets that defies explanation, a combination of the two seemed like the right thing to do. I welcome you to my world. May it be a blessing to yours.
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2 Responses to A Year of the Tao – Day 32

  1. jan says:

    Beautiful and so true!

  2. Betsy Lewis says:

    Beautiful Karen. Thank you for the gentle but important reminder.

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