Success is as dangerous as failure.
Hope is as hollow as fear.
What does it mean that success is a dangerous as failure?
Whether you go up the ladder or down it,
you position is shaky.
When you stand with your two feet on the ground,
you will always keep your balance.
What does it mean that hope is as hollow as fear?
Hope and fear are both phantoms
that arise from thinking of the self.
When we don’t see the self as self,
what do we have to fear?
See the world as your self.
Have faith in the way things are.
Love the world as your self;
then you can care for all things.
When I read this I think of something that I have been learning while I practice mindfulness. I’ve learned that it’s important to ground yourself. Having a good foundation is key to having balance and stability. It’s important to plant yourself firmly and to grow deep-seeded roots. What does that mean? To me it means integrity, honor, kindness, gratefulness, acceptance, taking responsibility- both for your success and your failure, remaining humble in light of your achievements, honesty. Love- both for yourself and others. If these qualities are not just actions that you practice, but apart of who you are, you are building a great foundation for yourself.
What does this Tao mean to you? Can you identify with it? Is it something that you needed to read? Is there a message that resonates with you?
This Tao can be found here.