Imagine a small country with few people.
They have weapons and do not employ them;
they enjoy the labor of their hands
and do not waste time inventing laborsaving machines.
They take death seriously and do not travel far.
Since they dearly love their homes,
they are not interested in travel.
Although they have boats and carriages,
no one uses them.
They are content with healthy food,
pleased with useful clothing,
satisfied in snug homes,
and protective of their way of life.
Although they live within sight of their neighbors,
and crowing cocks and barking dogs can be
heard across the way,
they leave each other in peace
while they grow old and die.
– 80th Verse, Tao Te Ching
Good Morning, World!
I have made a habit of apologizing, what for, I am unsure. I always have the best of intentions when beginning a blog series, but life seems to keep me sidetracked. I know you will forgive me.
Spring is in the air, and those of you who are into gardening (and those who follow the “Farmers’ Almanac“) know that this past Wednesday and Thursday were phenomenal days for planting. So you now know what I’ve been up to the past 48 hours. I promise I will be up to my ears in strawberries come Memorial Day!
Now that I am sufficiently sore, I figured I’d start my day with a blog post. I will soon return to the series I had begun earlier this week, “A Past, Exposed…“, but this morning I had other things on my mind.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, I had to drive my Brother-in-Law to work this morning.
Within 10 minutes I realized another reason why I am so content with life as it is today.
I am so thankful I am no longer a 9 to 5 slave. I felt like I stepped out of bed and into the “Indy 500“! Mind you, I am a somewhat early riser naturally. Tend to wake up in the 7 o’clock hour anyhow, but last night we stayed up til mid-morning watching a movie, so I was sufficiently groggy.
Once I arrived home I immediately noticed the affect on my body. My neck and shoulders felt insanely tense.
Why do we do this to ourselves? I even had music blasting that can do nothing but put me in a fantastic mood, but I still stepped away stressed.
Thus I share with you this verse of the Tao Te Ching. When I arrived home, my father shared with me a slideshow of pictures from a friend who recently visited French Polynesia. It was absolutely gorgeous.
Reminded me of the verse, “Heaven is within you and all around you“. I am of the school of thought that Heaven is not a place in the clouds to seek after death. Rather, it is a state of mind.
If we are created in the image of God, then we are also Creators, right?
That is where all of this “Positive Thinking“, “Mindfulness“, and “Meditative Lifestyle” plays a part. We are able to create whatever reality we desire to experience.
Sadly, the majority of people have forgotten how to do this since they have grown out of childhood.
And so they continue to merge off their on-ramps, onto the daily “5 o’clock 500“. And I feel pity for them.
It has reaffirmed more than ever that God has plans in store for me, and if my will has any say in the matter, it will not include a 9 to 5 job.
Until later…have a peaceful Friday!