Hi all. I have lots of things going on in my head as far as things to write about. I’ve started writing about business, wealth and our attitude towards it, the concepts of good and bad, and contentment. It’s interesting to me how many ideas, concepts, and practices are connected to so many other things. For example. The idea of going with the flow. Generally speaking, I could apply going with the flow to all the ideas I have listed above.
On a different note (or maybe not?), I’m traveling with my 20 year old daughter for the next couple of days. It’s just a short trip to an event that we both enjoy every year. I’m looking forward to it for a couple reasons. One, even though she still lives at home, it seems like I never see her! So it will be good to have some hours in the car to talk and catch up. My kids grew up in church. Well, sort of. When we quit going to church, my daughter was 9 and my son was 5. And we were still kind of churchy for a few years. But when my beliefs started shifting, I really didn’t talk to my kids much about it. Not in a way that would seem like I’m trying to make them believe differently. If they asked me something, I answered them. Now, I feel a little more free to share things that I believe will help them in life, regardless of religious or spiritual beliefs. And I think that is one of the things that will be good regarding this trip.
I’ll leave you with a quick story/parable regarding good vs bad from the Taoist tradition. I’m sure some have heard it before, but it always makes me go, hmmmm….
It’s a story of a farmer and his horse.
One day his horse runs away. And his neighbor comes over and says, to commiserate, “I’m so sorry about your horse.” And the farmer says “Who Knows What’s Good or Bad?” The neighbor is confused because this is clearly terrible. The horse is the most valuable thing he owns.
But the horse comes back the next day and he brings with him 12 feral horses. The neighbor comes back over to celebrate, “Congratulations on your great fortune!” And the farmer replies again: “Who Knows What’s Good or Bad?”
And the next day the farmer’s son is taming one of the wild horses and he’s thrown and breaks his leg. The neighbor comes back over, “I’m so sorry about your son.” The farmer repeats: “Who Knows What’s Good or Bad?”
Sure enough, the next day the army comes through their village and is conscripting able-bodied young men to go and fight in war, but the son is spared because of his broken leg.
And this story can go on and on like that. Good. Bad. Who knows?
How does this apply to the really “bad” stuff like Hitler, or losing a child, or something like that? I don’t know. We’ll talk more about this in the near future.
I hope you are well. I look forward to writing more soon.