Walking the Main Road

Walking the Main Road

For all our talk of family values, we are surrounded by distractions that keep us apart. Often families do little more than sleep under the same roof. There are just too many things that demand our attention. Sadly, these things succeed in luring us away from the ones we love the most.

For example, we live in a materialistic society and our possessions take a lot of work to maintain. Home ownership is a dream for most young couples. It’s a place to nest and raise a family, but the price is high. With it come mortgages, property taxes, lawnmowers to keep the weeds at bay, the cost of repairs to leaky roofs, etc. Then there is the matter of protecting our homes. Instead of sharp swords, today we have security systems, municipal police forces, standing armies and handguns.

The cost of home ownership is high and the resources to maintain it must come from somewhere. For most families, someone has to work long hours to pay for it, and to make matters worse, the growing trend today is for both parents to work long hours. In that instance, who is raising our children?

I’d like to believe there was a time when we were less distracted, worked less and spent more time raising our children, but in my lifetime, this is the way it has been for my friends and neighbors. Indigenous people are disappearing at an alarming rate. I like to think that they live a slower and simpler lifestyle that gives them time to raise their children and really know each other well. Perhaps this is the main road Lao Tsu spoke of in the Tao Te Ching.

Chapter 53

If I have even just a little sense,
I will walk on the main road and my only fear will be of straying from it.
Keeping to the main road is easy,
But people are easily distracted.
When the court is arrayed in splendor,
The fields are full of weeds,
And the granaries are empty.
Some wear gorgeous clothes,
Carry sharp swords,
And indulge in food and drink;
They have more possessions than they can use.
They are robber barons.
This is certainly not the way of Tao.

Lao Tsu: Tao Te Ching translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English.
Available direct from the author at http://www.eheart.com/TAO/TTC/TTCbook.html or on Amazon.com

Peace out,

Meeting Ground of the Universe

Meeting Ground of the Universe

These are aggressive times. Many hold the view that we must fight for every inch we can gain and yield nothing. On the surface, it looks like they might be right. Time and again, victory seems to go to those who strike hard and fast, but what if they are wrong. What if aggression leads to loss in the end? What if the aggressor’s victory is an illusion…it appears to be a gain, but in reality is a huge setback.

2,600 years ago, an old man’s parting advice to a great empire was to encourage it to yield to smaller nations. There is no fight in Lao Tsu’s advice. He does not advocate aggression. In fact, he defines a great nation as a “meeting ground”.

Folks, you can’t get much lower than the ground and it sounds like Lao Tsu believes a great nation can accomplish more by throwing a party for everyone. I don’t know about you, but that sounds a lot better to me than acting like the neighborhood bully.

Be still and overcome. Yield and conquer.

Chapter 61

A great nation is like low land.
It is the meeting ground of the universe,
The mother of the universe.
The female overcomes the male with stillness,
Lying low in stillness.
Therefore if a great nation yields to a smaller nation,
It will conquer the smaller nation.
And if a smaller nation submits to a great nation,
It can conquer the great nation.
Therefore those who would conquer must yield,
And those who conquer do so through yielding..

Lao Tsu: Tao Te Ching translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English.
Available direct from the author at http://www.eheart.com/TAO/TTC/TTCbook.html or on Amazon.com

Peace out,

Enough is Enough

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.

Chapter 46

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.
Available direct from the author at http://www.eheart.com/TAO/TTC/TTCbook.html or on Amazon.com

Peace out,

How to Live

How to Live

If you want to know a man’s thoughts, pay attention to what’s happening in his life.  A man, who dwells on fearful thoughts, lives his fears.  If he fears death, then death is what he gets.  Focus your thoughts on living and death has no place to enter.  Your life will be full and weaponless.


Chapter 50

He who knows how to live can walk abroad

Without fear of rhinoceros or tiger.

He will not be wounded in battle.

For in him rhinoceroses can find no place to thrust their horn,

Tigers no place to use their claws,

And weapons no place to pierce.

Why is this so?

Because he has no place for death to enter.

Lao Tsu: Tao Te Ching translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English.

Available direct from the author at http://www.eheart.com/TAO/TTC/TTCbook.html or on Amazon.com.


Live large my friends,

The Nostrum Conspiracy by Robert Grant

The Nostrum Conspiracy by Robert Grant

Grant Li discovers the girl he always loved, but ignored for many years, has miraculously survived a vicious attack.  When she disappears once again from his life, he sets out to find her in the vast
The Conspiracy NostrumAmazon Rainforest.  Along the way, he learns of an astounding plant that may cure his mother who was injured years ago in a motorcycle crash.

A young Ginny Bardough first lost Grant, then her father.  Now a mysterious phone call sends her searching the Rainforest to find her father.  Little do they know, there are more dangerous things in the forest than a crocodile or two.  There are forces at play that could cost them everything.

Does Grant find the mysterious plant?  Does Ginny find her father? Do Grant and Ginny find each other?

The Nostrum Conspiracy is the Breakout Second Novel by Robert Grant.  You’re going to love it.

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Creative Juice

Creative Juice

The three most powerful words we can speak are: “I am ___,” where we fill in the blank with the third word of our own choosing. We create our lives with this simple incantation. It is a magic spell that works every time, so it is important to be careful how we use it.

BecomeWhatYouWillThere is danger in the careless use of the phrase. For example, saying something like “I am afraid” seems pretty ordinary, but it defines us as being fearful. None of us want to become the thing we fear. It is just as easy to say something like, “I am strong and I will get through this”.

Since you can fill in the blank with any word of your choice, then ask yourself, “What do I want to become?” This is one simple practical application of the creative juice we all have.

Peace out,

Book Review – Closest to the Fire: A Writer’s Guide to Law and Lawyers

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