Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Follow Your Way



Most people want to understand and be understood even on a most basic level. Yet a wise one knows that this does not mean that you have to know everything. The sage also is unconcerned whether he is understood or not. He merely seeks to follow his way as water seeks its level. Wisdom is the quiet and deep water. It is the farthest star in the sky that often goes unnoticed. If you know everything about something, the exotic mystery of the unknown is lost. The sage makes no effort to know everything and thus knows the most.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Our Own Drum



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The Tao Te Ching tells us to live our life and trust the Dao. But then, is the Dao ever un-trustful? You can always count on the Dao to maintain balance, if not in the short-term, then definitely in the long run. In that manner, the Dao can always be trusted to keep things orderly. Good things happen, bad things happen. We often cause most of our own grief so if there is a perceived imbalance, we are the culprit. We have to live our life. Living scared should not be an option. We must walk the tightrope between too little and too much, between being too careful and being too reckless, between heeding the advice of others and marching to our own drum.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Art



I like art for art’s sake but I can’t say the same for most of the artists I’ve met. Many of them seem to be self-centered, self-important souls with contrived artists’ statements or missions. I enjoy the creativeness inside that results in a drawing, a painting, a sculpture or something else. The best piece of art is the one you enjoy yourself. It doesn’t have to win some kind of contest. All that matters is that you like it. The Dao compares itself to no one and neither should we.