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,

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As long as Robert can remember, he wanted to be a writer. Like many young people who are called to a creative life, he had to contend with well-meaning friends and family members who discouraged it. While Robert spent most of his career as a successful attorney, he never forgot his dream. In the meantime, he pursued many other interests and was fortunate enough to have some amazing adventures. One of those interests was martial arts. He spent many years studying and teaching Chinese Internal Martial Arts. Robert promised his teacher he would someday write that book he always wanted to write and began to develop a story idea that pitted a young lawyer/martial artist against a powerful pharmaceutical company in a conflict over a miracle cure. The hero wants to insure the cure is freely available to everyone, but powerful enemies want to suppress it. The Nostrum Conspiracy is Robert’s second book. His first book, Naked Tao, breaks a few rules.

Robert has been blessed with an amazing life and it just keeps getting better. He lives in Louisville with his beautiful wife and children. "Bad Bob" is a tongue-in-cheek nick name bestowed upon him by his co-workers when he showed up at his law firm one day on a new Harley. Robert is a martial arts master and has taught over 600 students.

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