I’m one of those people that simply can’t be around books. The moment that I near them, there’s a 99.5% chance that I’m gonna buy something. So my trick now is to shop at Goodwill, so that I only spend a few dollars and still get to take home a new book. ^______^
I was super stoked to find a slender copy of Lao Tsu’s Tao Te Ching. I have a fancy, annotated version that I usually don’t pick up (wow I sound super lazy haha) because it feels like a heavy coffee book but this version is easy to grab and flip through. I wanted to share the Taos with you; there is so much profound wisdom that drips within each verse.
Just because it’s simple, doesn’t mean it lacks depth.
It was tough to pick one, but I figured I would randomly pick one (since I’m not a fan of order or consistency) to share:
Better stop short than fill to the brim.
Oversharpen the blade, and the edge will soon blunt.
Amass a store of gold and jade, and no one can protect it.
Claim wealth and titles, and disaster will follow.
Retire when the work is done.
This is the way of heaven.
It’s a warning of excess, overdoing it–which is a hard lesson I have endured time and time again. I thought the ninth Tao pared nicely with this week’s Tarot Card, The Queen of Pentacles.
A reminder of temperance–not overdoing anything to the point when you can’t do anything. I’ve been making every effort to take this to heart. Just this week, I started to donate/sell collectibles that have become nothing but junk. I love them, I want them, but the truth is, I simply have too much of them. I can’t enjoy any hobby because I have too many things around.
Living in a capitalist society, we will always be primed to want more, but it takes a real conscious effort to slow down, get off autopilot, and just realize that there isn’t time for it all.