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Thursday, April 3, 2014

TAO TE CHING #44





                #44


Fame or integrity, which is more important?

Money or happiness, which is more valuable?

Success or failure, which is more destructive?


If you look to others for fulfillment,

you will never truly be fulfilled.

If your happiness depends on money,

you will never be happy with yourself.


Be content with what you have;

rejoice in the way things are.

When you realize there is nothing lacking,

the whole world belongs to you.


                     ---tr by Stephen Mitchell


 
 
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3 comments:

  1. Such reminders are desperately needed in our culture. I see glimmers of recognition coming from some corners. It will be interesting to see whether and how they take hold. Thank you for putting this out to the universe, TJ. The more echoes it reverberates the better.

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  2. TJ, I love the fact that there is a huge canvas hanging on a wall nearby, and that when you're not looking it changes. How cool is that?! (A: Very cool.) I also love the Steven Mitchell prose. It is so spot-on. I think the challenge for a lot of people comes when they have had something and then lose it; then focus solely on how to get it — whatever "it" is — back, rather than on discovering the next thing, the next adventure, the next happy surprise in their life. Hell, I'm guilty of that myself. How gracefully we let go of things not meant for us … ahhh! There's the thing! Great post, as usual. — rob

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