Tuesday Tao- Balance

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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.

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Fill your bowl to the brim
and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife
and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security
and your heart will never unclench.
Care about people’s approval
and you will be their prisoner.

Do your work, then step back.
The only path to serenity.

I can relate to this because to me it is all about balance. Life is a constant balancing act. As a woman I am trying to balance being a mom and wife without losing my sense of self identity. As a mom you want to protect without being overprotective, teach without taking away from the lesson of the experience, help without hindering.  As a wife it is about being supportive but not losing sight of my own dream, compromise on behalf of both of us, and communicating but knowing that listening is apart of that.

It also speaks to me about mindfulness. About knowing what to do and getting it done, but then letting it go. Not thinking about it for the rest of the day and letting it sit in the back of your mind. Being in the moment.

What does this Tao mean to you? Can you relate? Is this something that you needed to read today? What are your thoughts on it?

I found this translation here.

7 thoughts on “Tuesday Tao- Balance

  1. Your writing resonates consistently with my soul. Perhaps we are on similar paths:)

    Here is a favorite of mine:
    “Do not ask your children
    to strive for extraordinary lives.
    Such striving may seem admirable,
    but it is the way of foolishness.
    Help them instead to find the wonder
    and the marvel of an ordinary life.
    Show them the joy of tasting
    tomatoes, apples and pears.
    Show them how to cry
    when pets and people die.
    Show them the infinite pleasure
    in the touch of a hand.
    And make the ordinary come alive for them.
    The extraordinary will take care of itself.”
    William Martin’s, The Parent’s Tao Te Ching.

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    1. I’m glad that our paths have crossed, it’s always nice to meet a traveler who is walking a similar path.

      Oh I love that!!!!! I am all about that! I fell into that when I first became a parent. The milestones, the achievements, the labels. Then I realized, how many people really become olympic medalists, nobel peace prize winners or people the world knows on a first name basis? There’s nothing wrong with striving for greatness in fact it’s wonderful but you can’t lose sight of the ordinary things that are remarkable. I’d rather my kids live kind and gentle lives that we spend time building them up and giving back than spending hours upon hours a week at practice and activities that they won’t pursue in adulthood. That’s just what works for us.

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    1. Yeah it took us a while to transition but we have noticed a huge change in the family dynamic ever since we took a less is more approach on our schedule. We enjoy less time hustling from place to place and more time together. 🙂

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