This afternoon I really wanted to take a moment to reflect on a topic that I think resonates with most of us, the topic of “Things as they Might Be.” I have been reading the wonderful book, Te of Piglet, and this topic is so perfectly addressed, I wanted to share it with you all. This is one of the beautiful lessons from Taoism that has really influenced my life.
To the Taoist, unhappiness is the result of being guided by illusions- such as the mistaken belief that man is separate from the natural world. Problems, be they economical, ecological, or whatever, are caused by failure to see What’s There. Unpleasant feelings come from illusions: fear from What Might Be (which hasn’t happened yet), sadness from What Might Have Been (which is not necessarily what would have been), and so on. Living in fear of What’s Coming Next, What Can Go Wrong, What If I Do Something Foolish, and such, cannot enjoy and make the most of the present moment. Later, they look back and realize that they didn’t LIVE it.
It All Depends on How One Looks at Things:
A man dug a well by the side of a road. For years afterward, grateful travelers talked of the Wonderful Well. But one night, a man fell into it and drowned. After that, people avoided the Dreadful Well. Later it was discovered that the victim was a drunken thief who had left the road to avoid being captured by the night patrol-only to fall into the Justice-Dispensing Well.
These passages really pinpoint a feeling that I think we all have in our subconscious but do not practice consciously. Being fully aware and present allows us to acknowledge that all things are happening for a purpose, but it is up to us to accept them and therefore learn from them. The more that you let go of worry, regret, anxiety and control, the more you begin to enjoy the wonderment of life. Each stage, each person, each hardship or blessing, leads us down the exact path we are unconsciously choosing. Therefore, project love, appreciation and an unwavering knowing that your life has a path, you do have control, and every step is for the growth of your being. After all, things are never how they appear, they are only how you choose to appear them.
I hope that through your journey, I can help keep you grounded and inspired so that you are able to see the beauty in the “madness”