Embracing Life

Okay. Here in Minnesota, we have been “sheltered in place” for 7 days. It seems longer than that somehow; however, it surprises me that I’ve grown accustomed to staying home. Not that I am a person that has to go outside to be happy–that’s not me, at all. But, I don’t find myself regretting not being able to go out and do whatever activity pleases me at the moment. I’ll bet that’s true of a lot of us–we’ve accepted WHAT IS. And What Is is that we are all quarantined for the foreseeable future.

Humans have lived on the Earth for about 6 million years. There’s nothing we haven’t experienced as a species. Ancient philosophers” and scholars’ works reveal that human nature has been pretty consistent throughout the millenia. One such writer is Lao Tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher who was the founder of Taoism and the reputed author of Tao Te Ching. Taoism stresses becoming one with the rhythms of the Universe. William Martin, a present day author of Tao-inspired books, interpreted Lao Tzu in a book he wrote called The Sage’s Tao Te Ching…Ancient Advice for the Second Half of life:

We Are Becoming Embracers of Life

The sage accomplishes much

by expecting nothing particular

People are just people,

events are just events,

life is just life,

and death is just death.

The sage embraces

people, events, life and death

unconditionally.

This the sage learned from the Tao,

which enfolds all things

in an unconditional embrace of love.

We are not becoming optimistic,

nor pessimistic,

nor stoic.

We are becoming embracers of life.

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