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How Did Father’s Day Begin?

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Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers in the world.

I like to share with you this article ” How Did Father’s Day Begin? ” here on the Father’s Day today. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I do.

In May of 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Wash., sat in church listening to a Mother’s Day sermon. She decided she wanted to designate a day for her dad, William Jackson Smart. Dodd’s mother had died in childbirth, and Dodd’s father, a Civil War veteran, had taken the responsibility of singlehandedly raising the newborn and his other five children.

The following year, Dodd wanted to celebrate Father’s Day on June 5th, her father’s birthday and petitioned for the holiday to be recognized in her city. Needing more time to arrange the festivities, Spokane’s mayor pushed the date back by two weeks, and the First Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, according to the Spokane Regional Convention and Visitor Bureau.

At the first Father’s Day celebration, young women handed out red roses to their fathers during a church service, and large baskets full of roses were written around, with attendees inducing to pin on a rose in honor of their fathers – red for the living and White in memory of the deceased. Dodd then brought her infant son along on a horse-drawn carriage ride through the city, bringing roses and gifts to home-bound fathers.

While Congress was quick to fully declare the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day in 1914, after it was first celebrated on May 10, 1908, it took much longer for Father’s Day to be legally recognized. But thanks to Dodd’s celebration, Father’s Day steadily Gained popularity.

In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge said that he supported it, in order to establish closer relationships between fathers and their children and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations, according to the Library of Congress.

And the holiday gain more traction in 1938 when a trade organization, the National Council for the Promotion of Father’s Day, which was formed by men’s clothing retailers in New York City, decided to take up the cause, according to Consumer Rites: The Buying and Selling of American Holidays (Princeton University Press, 1995).

President Lyndon Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers in 1966, but it wasn’t until 1972 that President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it a permanent holiday. Since then, Father’s Day has become a time to recognize the many Figures in our lives.

This article was provided by Life’s Little Mysteries, a sister site to LiveScience.

This article is posted on https://www.livescience.com/10697-father-day-turns-100.html.

Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu – Chapter 41

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上士聞道,勤而行之;中士聞道,若存若亡;下士聞道,大笑之。不笑不足以為道。
故建言有之:明道若昧;進道若退;夷道若纇;
上德若谷;太白若辱;廣德若不足;建德若偷;質真若渝;
大方無隅;大器晚成;大音希聲;大象無形;道隱無名。
夫唯道,善貸且成。

About Tao
The wise student hears of the Tao and practices it diligently.
The average student hears of the Tao and gives it thought now and again.
The foolish student hears of the Tao and laughs aloud.
If there were no laughter, the Tao would not be what it is.

Therefore there is the established saying:
“Those who understand Tao seem dull of comprehension;
Those who advance in Tao seem to slip backward;
Those who move on the smooth Tao (Path) seem bumpy.”

About Te
The highest Te is like a valley (able to accept all and humble).
It is so pure but seems tarnished.
It is vast but seems not enough.
It is strong but seems frail.
It is real but seems unreal.

About the great
It is a great square with no corners
It is great talents that ripen late;
It is great notes that are hard to hear;
It is great form that has no shape;

The Tao is hidden and without name.
The Tao alone nourishes and brings everything to fulfillment.

Reference:
Tao Te Ching-translation by S. Mitchell
The Tao Te Ching -translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English
Tao Te Ching-translation by Yu Tang Lin

 

 

 

To Perfect Someone Else Is to Perfect Yourself

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The United States Customs had a batch of confiscated bikes, so they announced a decision to auction them off. During the auction, there was always a ten-year-old boy who began with a “five” bid, in every auction, and who then watched as the bikes were bought by the others with 30 or 40 dollars.

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The image if from WNMU-FM.

During the intermission, the auctioneer asked the boy why he didn’t bid a higher price. The boy said he had only five dollars.

The auction started again, and the boy still started with “five” each time. Of course, every single one was taken away by others. Slowly, the crowd also began to notice the boy who always made the first bid, and more and more people became interested in the outcome of the boy’s bidding.

Near the end of the auction, there were only one of the best bikes left. It was brand new with a variety of gear included, ten-gauge transmission, a two-way handbrake, speed display, and a nighttime electric light fixture. It was undoubtedly a rare and good bike!

The auctioneer asked: “Who is bidding?”

Standing at the forefront, the little boy, who had almost given up hope, stood still and firmly said: “Five.” It was quiet on the auction floor. All held their breath and stood still waiting for the result.

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The image is from The Eternal Optimist.

At that moment, all the people present stared at the little boy, and no one made a sound, no one raised their hand and no one bid. “The bike is sold to the young man in shorts and white shoes!” The auctioneer shouted after he said the price three times.

The audience applauded after hearing the remark. The little boy cheered up and raised the crumpled five-dollar bill and got the most beautiful bicycle in the world. He had the most brilliant smile on his face that people had never seen before.

 

In our lives, instead of overcoming others, surpassing others, or crushing others, can we perfect the others? This is worth pondering.

To perfect someone else is to perfect yourself.

This is a magical world – there is only cause and effect, no accident, and all accidents are inevitable. He who helps others will eventually help himself.

Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu – Chapter 40

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反者道之動;弱者道之用。
天下萬物生於有,有生於無。
Reversion is the action of Tao.
Gentleness is the function of Tao.
The things of this world come from Being,
And Being (comes) from Non-being.
(Translation by Yu Tang Lin)

 

Image result for image of the Tao Te Ching Having is born in nothing.
The image is from http://kennethtucker.com/?next=b8.

Tao itself is formless, shapeless, and voiceless. The movement of the Tao repeats continuously, and it is independent and unmodified. It is not affected by anything. There is no starting point nor end point.

The Tao is unlimited, and it runs through the universe. The passage of time will not stop and can reach far in the distance, but also can reverse and flow back and forth everywhere.

Tao in the operation of all things in the world is soft.

All creatures of the world are born in the physical being, while the physical being itself is born from non-being.

Seven Things to Give

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A poor man asked Buddha, “Why am I so poor?”
Buddha said: “You did not learn to give.”
The poor man asked: “How can I give when I have nothing?”
Buddha said: “One can give seven things to another without having anything.”

 

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This image is from Ancient Origins.

With your face: a smile.
With your mouth: praise and comfort.
With your heart: open your heart and be kind to others.
With your eye: giving others a kind and righteous look.
With your body: helping others with actions.
With your seating: humbly giving your seat to others.
With your chest: tolerance.

Enlightenment:
Don’t make too many meaningless movements. Give more to others. You may gain unexpected wealth and happiness.

 

Chinese version:

窮人問佛:我為什麼這樣窮?
佛說:你沒有學會給予別人。
窮人:我一無所有如何給予?
佛:一個人一無所有也可以給予別人七種東西。

顏施:微笑處事;
言施:說讚美安慰的話;
心施:敞開心扉對人和藹;
眼施:善義的眼光給予別人;
身施:以行動幫助別人;
座施:即謙讓座位;
房施:有容人之心。

感悟:
不要有太多沒意義的計較,多給予別人,你可能會收穫意想不到的財富和快樂。

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