Sep 18

The Tao of Friday – With Birthday Thoughts!!

Tomorrow I’ll be 30!  One of the best things I have learned from a friend is when I first met Dara.  For some reason, we got on the topic of her turning 30, and her philosophy was that she was happy to be 30.  Now, no one (under the age of 90) can call her a kid, and she has had enough life experience to be at peace with the world. It made me realize that 30 should be a celebration of life, not an end to some “youth” that I never much cared for anyway.  It was the best 30th birthday present I could get, and I was only 23 at the time.

I do, however, expect really fun gifts of the physical variety as well.

So, on with Chapter XIII of the Tao. At first, I didn’t want to use this chapter today.  After reading it a couple more times though, it did seen pertinent to seeing this milestone.  If I take the lesson I learned from Dara, then having faith and loving the world as myself.  I will have both feet on the ground instead of reaching for something that never was.

Success is as dangerous as failure.
Hope is as hollow as fear.

What does it mean that success is a dangerous as failure?
Whether you go up the ladder or down it,
you position is shaky.
When you stand with your two feet on the ground,
you will always keep your balance.

What does it mean that hope is as hollow as fear?
Hope and fear are both phantoms
that arise from thinking of the self.
When we don’t see the self as self,
what do we have to fear?

See the world as your self.
Have faith in the way things are.
Love the world as your self;
then you can care for all things.

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