365 things I am grateful for #31

Well, one month down, eleven to go. I’ve enjoyed it so far, hope you have too.

My intention for these posts is to highlight just how fortunate I think I am compared to many people around the world and write a gratitude each day. Although we all have our fair share of trials and tribulations to face, whether they be financial, emotional, physical, spiritual or something else, most of us are very lucky indeed.

Should that stop us being ambitious? No.

Should it make us apathetic and resigned to our lot in the world? No, it shouldn’t.

Should it make us stand by while there is injustice in the world? Most definitely not.

But we can still strive for our dreams whilst being grateful for the things we often take for granted.

So, for the day that’s in it, I think I’ll share something Chinese with you.

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The Tao Te Ching, by Lao Tzu is a philosophical, (and religious), view of the universe. The Tao, (pronounced Dao), means The Way. Lao Tzu decided he’d had enough of society and headed out into the world in about 600 BC.

I’m not a Taoist in the religious sense, but there are a lot of pearls of wisdom in his teachings. The Tao is the ultimate creative principle of the universe. All things are unified and connected in the Tao. The principle of Yin Yang sees the world as filled with complementary forces – action and non-action, light and dark, hot and cold, life and death, etc. The Tao isn’t a god but a way of life. Basically, being in harmony with the universe. (To me, it looks a lot like Buddhism.)

In fact, I bet you’ve come across many of Lao Tzu’s teachings as a lot of them are in common parlance today, such as – A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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Even if you practice your own religion, it’s worth a read from a philosophical point of view.

On that note, Kung Hei Fat Choy, everyone!

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6 responses to “365 things I am grateful for #31

  1. I know this is something I need to read. Thanks for the encouragement to get to it!

  2. Nice post David. Taoism is common sense. But alas, common sense isn’t very common – if we all stood back and really looked at western societies (and increasingly Asia, as it embraces the material ethos), it becomes apparent how convoluted our so-called modern world seems in comparison to the simple, common sense teachings of Buddhism and Taoism. As the British philosopher and teacher of Tao, Alan Watts, said “Reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know.” If we all kept that simple thought in mind, many geo-political problems would disappear in an instant. And life would certainly be a lot more fun for many, than it currently is.

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