"C'mon in. Come in. Sit and make yourselves comfortable. You know you're going to anyhow, regardless of what I say."

"We're only here to help".

"Well, okay. Uh, start your sweeping and cleaning. Tho' I thought that things looked fairly empty already."

"Maybe it's your turn now. Could it be that you're just not unhappy enough to make the changes that you need to make?"

"Oh. Okay. So now it's my fault."

"There's no fault. Only what is. Awareness is the key."

"Awareness?" That's just a word now. My awareness has elapsed into nuerosis."

"Are you aware of your nuerosis?" Welcome that too. This fragile body is matrix for mind and soul. Do you believe that you are alone in your suffering? Is not the tie that binds, for all of human kind, that all is suffering? Where is your compassion for yourself?"

He who stands on tiptoe is not steady. He who strides cannot maintain the pace. He who makes a show is not enlightened. He who is self rightous is not respected. He who boasts achives nothing. He who brags will not endure. According to the followers of the Tao, "These are extra food and unnecessary luggage." They do not bring happiness. Therefore followers of the Tao avoid them.

Knowing others is wisdom; Knowing the self is enlightenment. Mastering others requires force; Mastering the self needs strength. He who knows he has enough is rich. Perseverance is a sign of will power. He who stays where he is endures. To die but not to perish is to be eternally present.

"Think on these things and we'll not be back for a season, perhaps."


Rowan said…
Keep your proverbs coming Tim. I enjoy them. I am a firm believer of those messages. To thine own self be true and of course, I especially loved the one about being satisfied with what you have.