Just Three Things

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"I have just three things to teach:
Simplicity
Compassion
Patience
These three are your greatest treasures."

Lao Tzu


 

Lao Tzu, whose name is loosely translated as “old master,” is thought to have lived in 6th century BC and was a contemporary of Cunfusious. There is actually some mystery about whether Lao Tzu actually existed or is a compilation of thoughts that form the Taoist philosophy. Regardless of that, this ancient idea of teaching Simplicity, Compassion and Patience rings true today, especially during this pandemic. Sometimes it even feels like the pandemic came along to remind of us of these three very things.

Simplicity – What have you let go of during this time? I’m certainly buying fewer things like clothing right now. I am reminded of what is truly important and it’s not things…it’s people and relationships.

Compassion – There is suffering all around us. I love the thought, “be kind because you will never know how much the person beside you is suffering.” Can we find more ways to show love to our fellow man?

Patience – I keep hearing people say that they are “just over this Covid thing.” Now is the time when we need to be the most patient and continue to do the things we know will help us stay healthy.

Which of these three is your greatest treasure? Which do you need more of? As I move through these difficult days, I feel like I am asked to deepen my capacity for each.

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