Saturday, March 31, 2012

After Our Death

When we die, family and friends will go through our home to sort out everything we left behind, but they'll see our home the moment we last left it, as it was. We don't prepare our home for our death, we live in it and then we die, leaving it as we left, all the untidiness and all.

What will they think of us then? What thoughts will they have about who and what we were? What feeling will they have about what they see, about the life we lived in the privacy of our home? Our privacy open to them, lost to us in our death. Do we stop to think and wonder for a moment when we leave on our live what it looks like to anyone else?

And if we did, would it really matter after we're dead? When we can't change anything anymore?

Friday, March 30, 2012

Seeking Answers

When you're seeking answers it is easier to look out a window than in a mirror.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

What It's About

Every conversation should have content and context, because without it, it's just passing the time speaking, and nothing is learned, only empty words shared. It's what the conversation should be for and not what it should be about.

Friday, March 23, 2012

A Conversation

"Where are you going?"

"I don't know.'

"How long will you be gone?"

"I don't know."

"What will you do?"

"I don't know."

"How will you survive?"

"I don't know."

"What do you expect to see?"

"I don't know."

"Do you know why you're going?"

"I don't know."

"Do you have any answers?"

"I don't know."

"Do you know anything about your journey?"

"I don't know, which is why I'm going."

"Do you have any questions?"

"That's all I have. Isn't that what life is about?"

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Obvious

Everything is an effect. Everything has an affect.

The question is seeing them.

The answer is understanding them.

Knowledge is learning from them.

Wisdom is growing from them.

And experience is living the wisdom of them.

The Law

The things laws don't have are common sense, logic, understanding, compassion, fairness, equality, and humanity. Makes you wonder what laws are for and about the heart and mind of those who wrote them. And makes you wonder why we have laws, until you realize every religion is worse than laws. No religion has the things laws don't have. It's the one thing they have in common.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Taoism as Cookie

Sometimes I see Taoism as four bites of a cookie. Really. Well, to me anyway.

First, know God is in your heart and your mind. Spend your life seeking to do and be good.

Second, seek answers in the world, not in yourself. Discover the diversity and wholeness of the world and then you will discover the good in your mind and heart.

Third, seek to learn, understand and accept reality and people, and, "Judge not lest ye be judged."

Fourth, explore the layers in parables in the "Tao Te Ching" to discover God within you.

So, a cookie is more than a cookie. It's all in how you see the bites.