I find something attractive about a philosopher who laughs with me. I have enjoyed the humor of certain Chinese Taoists. I find much of their writing witty and accessible. Much is also wise and usable.
Their use of a phrase like the following has moved my thinking and perceiving in useful ways:
- Accept the reality of the available freedom.
- Easy does it.
- Attend to your energy reserve.
- No regrets.
- Set your burden down and enjoy the water.
- The door is not locked.
- Peacefully rejoice in reality.
- Know the joyful security wandering where there is no path.
- Enjoy your wit and romantic adventures.
- Is it really so?
- Great knowledge and long life.
- How do you know that it is so?
- Be little moved by praise and blame
- Be clear about the nature of honor and disgrace.
- Small self, little vanity.
- Know the rule without ruling.
- Know you
- Be willing to know the quality of your perception.
- Let go of the clutter and the trivia.
- Nothing is useless.
- All is useful.
- As you smell the roses, hear the music.
- Nothing depends on your point of view.
- As you speak, be aware of how little you know.
- Your opinion is changing at this instant
- Let them be.
- How can we understand it all in one day?
- Clarify your understanding today,
- Embrace reality.
- Day-dream and smile.
I guess I need to learn some taoist jokes. I did not include much humor here. Still, you might be moved to smile or laugh as you contemplate one of the phrases.
by Richard Sheehan
for Mago Bill