A Year of the Tao – Day 36

“Can you love your people and govern your domain without self-importance?”

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

 

Love (“twu wuv” as the Impressive Cleric says in The Princess Bride) is at once selfless and self giving.  There is no room for self-importance in this equation with the possible exception that in order to love others I must consider myself worthy of receiving love. 

Ah what an emotional tightrope we humans walk!  Hence the constant craving for light to direct my steps which fuels my quest for wisdom wherever and whenever I may find it.  The following appeared on my FaceBook news feed from Paul Coehlo’s blog.  I yield the complement of this entry to the deeper knowledge this story contains.

“Jean was out walking with his grandfather in Paris.
At one point, they saw a shoemaker being insulted by a customer who claimed that there was something wrong with his shoes.
The shoemaker calmly listened to his complaints, apologized and promised to make good the mistake.

Jean and his grandfather stopped to have a coffee.
At the next table, the waiter asked a man if he would mind moving his chair slightly so that he could get by.
The man erupted in a torrent of abuse and refused to move.

‘Never forget what you have seen,’ said Jean’s grandfather.
‘The shoemaker accepted the customer’s complaint, while this man next to us did not want to move.

‘People who perform some useful task are not bothered if they hear some critics to their work, but people who do no useful work at all always think themselves very important and hide their incompetence behind their authority.’”

 

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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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