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When Is Enough, Enough

When I taught Tai Chi, I would begin each class with a Taoist parable intended to illustrate a key concept of Taoist thought. I find this one useful:

 

Long ago, in ancient China, there was a humble farmer who tilled land that had long ago been depleted. Although he labored every day, he was barely able to feed his family. In a lean year his family had barely survived the winter. In his desperation, the farmer decided to clear a field that had long been considered unsuitable for farming due to the many large stones scattered on it. The farmer struggled to exhaustion each day digging out stones and carting them to the edge of the field. One day the farmer pried a particularly heavy lump from the rocky soil. When he heaved the oddly-shaped object onto his cart, the farmer noticed a yellow glint under the dirt and mud. The farmer dragged his cart to his home and washed away the soil that clung to the surface. When the farmer completed his cleaning, he discovered a golden statue. It was one of the lost gold statutes of the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Garden. His family rejoiced! They were now wealthy beyond their dreams. While the family and neighbors celebrated the farmer’s good fortune, his wife noticed the farmer sitting alone looking despondent. His wife said, “My husband, you should be joyful. Your family will never go hungry again.” The farmer slowly nodded and said, “Yes, but I don’t know where the other six statues are hidden.”

 

We often have to remind ourselves that having enough, is enough.

 

By the way, that new Nikon is sweet! Hmmm. . .


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