2007 - 2008 Happy New Year

This Being Human....

Sometimes, it would appear, that I have an over inflated sense of injustice; or justice. I am forever the champion of the underdog. I want to right every wrong. Ignorance and want needs a champion. So much so, that I often exhaust myself. I also often find myself in opposition to how things are; swimming against the current. I once thought that I knew better. Perhaps I did. Maybe I just lost me way.

Remember the yoke being easy and the burden being light? I'm tired.

As we face the new year, I would like to leave you with this Taoist parable.
Chew on it....

There was a man who was so disturbed by the sight of his own shadow and so displeased with his own footsteps, that he determined to get rid of them both.
The method he hit upon was to run away from them.
So he got up and ran.
But every time he put his foot down there was another step, while his shadow kept up with him without the slightest difficulty.

He attributed his failure to the fact that he was not running fast enough. So he ran faster and faster, without stopping, until he fell dead.
He failed to realize that if he merely stepped into the shade, his shadow would vanish, and if he sat down and stayed still, there would be no more footsteps.....


Loralee Choate said…
Happy New Year, Tim!
Merelyme said…
hmmmm...i really like that. i need to practice this...especially stillness. thank you my friend for your words of wisdom. and happy new year!
That's a good one... If we don't stand up for the underdog, that would make us republican or some such shit... The people on top don't need someone standing up for them, but we all need a break sometimes...
justrose said…
love the parable. happy new year!!!!
Michelle said…
i found that you can do more for the underdog if you accept your own limitations first, along with the way the world works and learn how to choose your battles :)managing your emotional life keeps you strong enough to help concretely. that's me..you walk your own path, of course..

Happy New Year Tim!
I have wanting to save the world problem too. I agree, it is exhausting but I have a hard time not putting up my fists at the slightest injustice whether perceived or real.

I guess its that over-inflated sense of importance.
Tim said…
Rubik!!! Thanks, Thanks, Thanks.
Merelyme - we become what we practice, so lets practice together!
BMD - sometimes I really believe that the old practice of tar & feathering should make a come back.
Rose - Do miss you!
Michelle - On a side note....you OWE me a response to that last e -mail. Don't make me kick that skinny Affrikan arse....Grrrrrrrr
James - all our efforts to "change the world for the better" does anyone ever really succeed?
Mystic Wing said…
Have a wonderful 2008, Tim. Thanks for sharing the parable with us.
Bert said…
best wishes, Tim! It's been a pleasure to discover your site and you as a person!

May 2008 bring you a year of good health, luck and fortune!

Best Regards,