A Helpful Piece Of Advice

In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present. − Lao Tzu

I was reading the wise sayings of Lao Tzu when I was struck by the above saying. I read and read it over again, I couldn’t help but had to agree with him. I believed he had told the truth.

Earthquakes and landslides are common phenomena these days. There are numerous tragedies and disasters in high places and high-rise buildings. Even single storey house is not without its woes. Some have preferred to live in tents and makeshift arrangements. I believe there is great truth in living close to the ground.

Many have become insane and committed suicide because they cannot deal with life’s problems. They are at their wit’s end and no one is available for their rescue. People, things, events, circumstances aren't difficult by nature. It is our perception of them that makes them easy or difficult. I believe we can tide over our difficulties if we keep to the simple.

Conflicts, misunderstandings, disagreements, tensions and violence can all be avoided if we all learn to be fair and generous. After all, no one is without faults and no one is perfect.

Authoritative and repressive government will not last. People will eventually revolt and refuse to obey. A good government must be able to please the majority of its people, while maintaining some controlling for the good of many.

Work stress and burnout are not uncommon today. Workplace has become a living hell for many. It is taxing and frustrated to do things we don’t like for year after year. It will be better if we can do something we really enjoy doing, while making our ends meet.

Absentee parents and broken families are everywhere today. Family members seldom meet, share together and support one another. Family, friends, and social support systems have slowly disappeared.

Lao Tze was a Chinese taoist philosopher of the past; but he could understand and deal with the problems of his days.

History repeats itself and there are always helpful advices from the past for us to learn.

I believe the above saying is so true, and I share it with you.

Thanks for your time.


Khaye said...

How true... Situations like this can make me frustrated sometimes... But hopefully more people will realize the importance of those words... Really worth meditating on!