Tuesday Tao- Which means more?

If this is your first time reading my Tuesday Tao post, check out the original post here to understand more about this new weekly theme.

XLIV

Which is dearer: Your fame or yourself?

Which is more precious: Yourself or possessions?

Which is worse: To gain or to lose?

So, great love leads to great sacrifice.

Great riches lead to great losses.

Know what is sufficient and you won’t be humbled.

Know when to stop and you’ll be free from danger.

Then you’ll last a long time.

 

This translation (found here) resonates with me. It touches on many things I have taken into consideration in my quest to live a truly rich life by getting back to the basics. I’ve realized that a rich life can be achieved by learning to live with less. Less things, less money, less lusting, less of whatever it is that is holding you back from finding fulfillment in your life.

Take a moment to read and reflect on the Tao above. Soak it up and let the words marinate your mind. What does it mean to you? What comes to mind? Can you apply this to situations in your life to gain understanding and perspective? Does it inspire you to make any changes? Does it confirm that you have made the right changes? Are you on the path that leads to where you want to be?

7 Replies to “Tuesday Tao- Which means more?”

  1. Thought provoking and so true. My husband and I talk about it all the time. Wishing we could be part of a simpler time. Sadly living in the farm, raising everything on your own, get back to basics, costs so much it takes some planning. But living in the moment, enjoying the simple things, and even the smallest joys is something we regularly practice. Nice job 🙂

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    1. That’s how we started years ago. I really wanted to live in the country and have a more simple life. We looked into it but it was just so expensive! So we started out small, going for walks with our daughter, saving up for a nice dinner, weekend trips in the state we lived in. Now we want to save up to take small trips across Europe and take advantage of cheap deals since we live here. I feel so much more fulfilled and like we spent our money wiser when we go on a trip or enjoy something as a family as opposed to buying another item that the kids will forget about in a week. That is just me though, everyone has to figure out what works best for them. I’m glad that you guys are able to do what you can to live a more simple life. 🙂

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      1. We are doing the same. 🙂 Land, building our own house, and having a small farm is in our 5 year plan. My husband spent years in Europe and that will be where our vacations of choice are. For now, a small trip to the beach or a beautiful hike in the woods will do. 🙂 We even stopped doing gifts at Christmas. We want our kids to understand and appreciate the richness of family time. Not everyone agrees with us… ok no one 😉 but that is how we have chosen to live. 🙂

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      2. Good for you! It will be so rewarding! That’s amazing! We do gifts, but little things. I saw this thing on Pinterest a few years ago that you give 4 gifts (something the want, need, wear and read) and that has worked out so well. They don’t get 40 toys they’ll forget by Easter and everything is a different category so there’s a good variety. You can pick something to splurge on or keep it all within a reasonable price. I wish you the best on your 5 year plan!

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  2. Love this Niki. Great to reflect on. My life can’t be super simple right now. But I can do small things every day to feel mindful, slow down, and simplify in that way. Deep breathing, appreciating nature or the company of a friend. Not focusing on things… 😊

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