Sunday, January 26, 2014

Alice Reads: THE TAO OF POOH, by Benjamin Hoff

"You complain that your tree is not valuable as lumber. But you could make use of the shade it provides, rest under its sheltering branches, and stroll beneath it, admiring its character and appearance. Since it would not be endangered by an axe, what could threaten its existence? It is useless to you only because YOU WANT TO MAKE IT INTO SOMETHING ELSE AND DO NOT USE IT IN ITS PROPER WAY." 
p. 40, THE TAO OF POOH, by Benjamin Hoff

The above is a conversation between Chuang Tzu (or Zhuangzi) and Hui Tzu (or Hui Shi), discussing Things As They Are.

So many people violate this simple principle and try to fit square pegs into round holes, ignoring the clear reality. Everything has its own place and function.

THE LESSON: When you know and respect your own Inner Nature, you know where you belong. You also know where you DON'T belong.

What a lovely Sunday night. I love reading with a glass of red wine.


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