Walking in Circles

Tao Te Tuesday

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The Tao is the center of the universe,
the good man's treasure,
the bad man's refuge.

Honors can be bought with fine words,
respect can be won with good deeds;
but the Tao is beyond all value,
and no one can achieve it.

Thus, when a new leader is chosen,
don't offer to help him
with your wealth or your expertise.
Offer instead
to teach him about the Tao.

Why did the ancient Masters esteem the Tao?
Because, being one with the Tao,
when you seek, you find;
and when you make a mistake, you are forgiven.
That is why everybody loves it.

Tao Te Ching, a New English Version, copyright ©️ 1988 by Stephen Mitchell, published by HarperCollins. All rights reserved.

The worst thing about walking in circles is that you don’t know it until you notice you had been there before. By then you might be exhausted and confused.

Early in life you start a journey in search for meaning. You become hungry for honors, respect, wealth, and expertise. These are acquired with words and deeds and the bounty is disguised as progress. But the hike goes on and the circle is extended.

The Master stops, takes a moment and asks himself: “Why do I want respect? Why do I want wealth?”

Does a life have more or less meaning depending on its accomplishments?

A merry-go-round is only enjoyable if you can get off whenever you want. And if you do step outside, even for a second, you’ll find refuge from the only thing you need saving from - your mind.

Take a look around and notice if you’ve been there before. Where is this road taking you?

Quote of the Week

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”

- Haruki Murakami in Norwegian Wood

Song Picks of the Week (Official TTT Playlist here)

  1. Keep Moving - Jungle, The Blessed Madonna (House, Disco)

  1. Perfect Day . French 79, Fred Nevché (Experimental-Electro-Chill)

  1. Piano Sonata No.20 in A, Second Movement. Franz Schubert (Classical Solo Piano)

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Until next Tuesday


For those interested in classical music, I decided to split the playlist Classic Good, which I’ve shared with you before, into Solo Piano and Orchestral. Now you have two awesome playlists :)