If you don’t have height, all you see is problems. If you don’t broaden your horizons, all you see is trifles.
If you are an ant mentality, then small stones are obstacles. If you are an eagle mentality, then the high mountain will dare to try!
People with high altitude are not free from difficulties. They walk at different heights and conduct themselves in different ways. What we should do every day is to improve our height and depth, instead of telling about our obstacles and troubles every day.
Little heart, everything is a big thing. Big heart, everything is a small thing!
Life is a self-challenge, and broaden your horizons can bring life to life.
The sunset scene at Maui.
Note: The original article is in Chinese, and the author is unknown. I like the concept of it, so I translate into English to share with you here.
He who knows does not speak;
He who speaks does not know.
Fill up its apertures,
Close its doors,
Dull its edges,
Untie its tangles,
Soften its light,
Submerge its turmoil,
– This is the Mystic Unity.
Then love and hatred cannot touch him.
Profit and loss cannot reach him.
Honor and disgrace cannot affect him.
Therefore is he always the honored one of the world.
(Translation by Lin Yutang )
Those who know Tao do not speak it, those who speak Tao do not know.
The following are the characteristic of those who cultivate Tao-
They are the men of a few words.
They keep their mouth shut.
They close their eyes and ears (guard their senses.)
They dull their sharpness.
They remove their paranoia (dilution).
They cover their brightness.
They treat themselves as the dust of the earth.
This is the mysterious great unity.
He who has achieved this state, he also has the following traits –
You cannot be particularly close to him nor alienate him.
He will not be affected by his gains or harmed, nor honored or disgraced.
In other words, he is selfless and desireless to the extent that there is no intimacy, no alienation, no gain, no harm, no honor, and no grace in him. He stands in the doctrine of moderation, so he is regarded as the highest state of man and always be honored.
A partner betrayed a young businessman. He lost all of his money and wanted to jump into the lake and kill himself.
He met a wise man sitting beside the lake, and he described his situation to him in detail.
The wise man brought him home with a smile and made him remove an enormous block of ice from the cellar. The businessman did, as he was puzzled. When the ice was removed, the wise man said, “Chop it down! “When the merchant found the ax, he cut it down, only to make a small mark on the ice. The merchant swung his ax again and struck the chisel with all his might. After a while, he panted and shook his head at the falling ice. “the ice is too hard!”
The wise man said nothing and boiled the ice in an iron pan. As the temperature rises, the ice melts slowly. The wise man asked, “Did you learn anything from it?” The merchant said, “Some understanding. I’m dealing with ice in the wrong way. I shouldn’t use an ax, and I have to use fire.”
The wise man shook his head. The merchant looked pale and bowed for advice. The wise man said earnestly, “what I have shown you is seven states of successful life.”
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Although ice is water, it is harder than water. The more it is in a cold and harsh environment, the more it can express the characteristics of steel like steel. This is the first realm of success in life. (never yield in spite of reverses)
Water into gas, gas looks invisible, if the gas in a specific range of the formation of cohesion, will become powerful, infinite power. This is the second realm of a successful life.(Empowering by gathering the energy)
Water purifies everything, no matter how dirty everything is in the world, it will open its heart to accept without regret, and then clean itself slowly. This is the third realm of successful life: (accepting with tolerance)
Water seems powerless. It flows down from the height. When confronted with obstacles, patience is boundless. Water can wear the hardest rock away. This is the fourth realm of a successful life.(overcoming hardness with softness)
When water energy can go up, it will turn into clouds and fog. When it goes down, it will turn into rain and dew. This is the fifth realm of a successful life.(able to bend or unbend)
Though water is cold, it has a kind heart. It does not fight, it feeds the world, but it does not take from it. This is the sixth realm of successful life.(succoring the world)
The mist was ethereal, but it had the freest self. Clouds can be gathered into the rain, into the visible water, can be dispersed without the trace, drifting in the world. This is the seventh realm of a successful life. (etiring after winning merit)
Revelation: Life is like water. The reason has the ability disparity, the different views on the good and the evil, and the desires for the life and death are all due to their different realms.
The article is translated from the Chinese text-以水喻人生的故事——人生如水.
He who contains virtue(Te) in abundance resembles a newborn child.
Wasps and serpents don’t sting him, and beasts don’t claw at him, and birds of prey don’t attack them.
His bones are tender, and his tendons are soft, and yet his grip is firm.
He hasn’t known the union of sexes, and yet he is stiff with essence.
He cries all day yet never gets hoarse.
This is perfect harmony.
To recognize this harmony is to know the eternal.
To recognize the eternal is to know enlightenment.
To be greedy and indulgent will bring upon scourge.
Heart strengthen breath and makes it strong,
When it becomes strong; it leads to aging,
It is not the way of Tao, but whatever is contrary to Tao will end early.
(Translation with the references listed on the bottom of the post.)
The photo of Skyler Lin
As people often say, “Heaven has three precious things – the sun, moon, and stars. Earth has three treasures- water, fire, and wind. People have three treasures – essence, qi, and mind.
Lao Tzu explained the three treasures of people in detail through the manifestation of virtue (Te) in people. He used the image of a baby who can reach the fullest state of an essence (life force) with his innocence and softness. Again, the baby can get the perfect harmony with his peacefulness, mindless, and emotionless. As we grow older, we tend to lose both essence and qi because we lose our gentleness and innocence.
Furthermore, we use our mind (heart) to lead us to consume our essence and qi, forcing us to look strong outwardly but in reality, it drains our life speedily. Lao Tzu told us it is a natural law that everything in the world starts being tender then become a strong, followed by aging after aging is the death.
The way to avoid the norm of everyday people is to cultivate virtue(Te) abundantly and be like a baby to be able to keep the full state of the essence and maintain the perfect harmony in us.
Tao Te Ching Translated by Lin Yu Tang,
Tao Te Ching Translated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English.
The worker that had gone with me just stared at it with me, and we just stood there, numb. We turned around and went back home, and when I was back, I told my son that we needed to pray. During the prayer, my son started to weep, but I was completely numb and didn’t feel anything. The next morning, I tried to contact the insurance company, and they sent a construction crew to estimate the damages. They had just sent one person, and nobody else. He started to cut apart the drywall and remove all the wood floor, carpet, and cabinets before setting up at least ten fans in the house for seven days to try to dry everything. The process was so slow, and it made me very nervous because I had a tenant waiting to move in. After it was dry, the construction company sent someone for an estimate, and it took more than two weeks for it to be completed.
As we made the drive back and forth to the property in Orange Country, I cried every day and every time we went. I came before God, and I couldn’t figure out why this had happened. This house was supposed to be a miracle house, and I had written an article about it, how this house had come to us miraculously, and now this had happened. In my head, I kept asking why this had happened. It didn’t make sense why this would happen to me, to increase my burden.
I was now financially, physically, and mentally stressed. Even though I was in such a frail state, I still kept searching for why this had happened. Gradually, I understood that this was a life experience I needed to go through. I needed to help myself to be peaceful during all of this. One day I finally realized that miracles are not only material but are also spiritual. And during this near month-long period of dealing with this house and its water damage, I managed my stress and realized that a lot of miracles had happened during then.
For example, someone told me that one of the other construction companies said that it would take at least three weeks to fix the damage, and I told myself that I didn’t have three weeks, just one. Miraculously, I found a cabinet person that helped me do the cabinets in a few days. A worker slept in the house and worked day in and day out by himself to fix everything. It was a bittersweet experience, but we managed to finish repairs within ten days, and the tenant moved in in time. Looking back on it, I realized that this was the most valuable experience I’d ever had. Through the struggles and the stress, the Voice told me I needed to learn this to truly find peace.