5 Lessons about Life from Lao Tzu

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• Can you celebrate life and not cling to it?

• Can you give up control and still get things done?

• Can you achieve your goals without forcing?
1/ Don't Force anything

Oftentimes, a fallacy we make is

We can force the unenforceable,

Believing that when we push hard enough

We'll eventually get where we want to go.
Nature has its own way of doing things.

All are bound to natural laws that we cannot control.

If we force things, we put ourselves in a position

in which the universe starts to work against us.
2/ Don't overburden yourself

A typical phenomenon that

we see in current civilization is that people are willing to push themselves too far.

Pushing boundaries isn’t wrong in itself, as it’s a way to grow.
There always needs to be a balance between

Action and Inaction;

Between the effort, we put into things

And the time we let the body and mind recover.
3/ Stop controlling the world

Have you ever observed that many of our problems solve themselves?

Intervening isn’t always necessary.

Moreover, in many cases, intervention only creates more problems.
Lao Tzu states that

a Good Leader doesn’t control but operates from the background;

They let people do things themselves and intervene only sparingly.
4/ Enough is Enough.

As we tend to overburden ourselves,

We also have this nasty feature of gathering much more than we need.
But we can only know when we have enough

if we realize that the value we attribute to external things is based on delusion.

We aren’t what we have,

as none of these possessions are within our control.

This includes even our own bodies.
5/ Don’t cling to life.

There’s a difference between celebrating life and clinging to life.

If you cling to life there’s nothing to celebrate.

Life has become immensely serious and even painful.
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