Surprise! Tao Tuesday ON a Tuesday!
Tao Tuesday is a web sharing project by Amy Putkonen of http://www.taotechingdaily.com. Each Tuesday she posts a chapter from her version of the Tao Te Ching and invites readers to write their own comment on the chapter. If you would like to comment as well, just link to her post in yours, and then visit her post to link to your blog with the linky widget at the bottom of the page. Easy. If you are a fan of the Tao Te Ching, this is a wonderful way to gain new insights and points of view into the classic.
Fame or your own life,
which is more dear?
Your own life or your treasures,
which is worth more?
Gain or loss, which is worse?
Excessive attachment carries a high cost.
One who hoards will surely lose.
A contented woman
suffers no disappointment.
She knows when to stop
and does not reach exhaustion.
Thus, she can endure.
This reminds me of some conversations that have been around the interwebs lately about the knight of Coins card and the idea of perception. In this case, it also evokes that classic Mary Poppins quote “enough is as good as a feast”.
Perception and focus define our world, or at least our relationship with it. It is the “poor little rich girl” phenomenon. If we shift our focus to material things, we lose the greatest treasures life has to offer – the immaterial treasures of relationships, love, compassion, spirituality, personal fulfillment and so, so many more. We can be surrounded by material riches and still be miserable. It is less our actual situation, and more our perspective and contentment with that situation. A high powered Beverly Hills heiress may not see a house in the ‘burbs, fuzzy socks on a cold day and a steaming mug of coffee as paradise, but I do. High heels and high fashion clothes are, to my perception, a form of torture that should have been banned by the Geneva Convention. Keeping up appearances and “keeping up with the Jones” is a lot of work, effort and worry. When you have enough, it’s a feast. No worry about lack, no worry or effort about the excess. There is a lot to be said for life in the Goldilocks zone. Life is devastatingly hard when you don’t have the basics. Life is a nuisance when you have too much and have to guard and maintain it all.
Those with more have more to lose. Those who are content with what they have right now have the world, no matter what the world thinks of what they have.