Enough is Enough
The world around us is filled with riches beyond our wildest dreams. To be surrounded by great wealth, but feel poor is tragic. We feel poor because we believe those riches belong to someone else, but ownership is a fiction. We never truly own a thing to the exclusion of others.
For example, take that cherry tree growing in your front yard. In the spring, its pink blossoms cast their beauty for anyone who has eyes to see. You don’t own its beauty and you certainly can’t stop others from admiring the blooming tree. Bees gather pollen from its blossoms and carry it to their hive hanging high in your neighbor’s oak tree where they transform it into the sweetest honey. You don’t own the pollen, the bees or their honey though you may gather some for your table.
If you believed the pollen was yours, and yours alone, such that you tried to block the bees’ thievery with poisonous chemicals, you would only succeed in destroying the source of the sweetest thing you ever put in your mouth. Your killing spree has other consequences as well. Without the bees, the pollen will not spread and the tree will eventually stop producing cherries for your Independence Day pies.
No, my friends, you don’t own the cherry tree. Enough is enough.
When the Tao is present in the universe,
The horses haul manure.
When the Tao is absent from the universe,
War horses are bred outside the city.
There is no greater sin than desire,
No greater curse than discontent,
No greater misfortune than wanting something for oneself.
Therefore he who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.
Lao Tsu: Tao Te Ching translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English.
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