A Lao Tzu quote

10 Jan 2016

Something inspirational:

“Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.”

LAO TZU, Tao Te Ching

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  1. Brad 10. Jan, 2016 at 4:44 pm #

    We could all do well to exhibit these three characteristics a bit more.

    Someone once told me to be nice to someone I didn’t particularly get along with, which I did and for a while it certainly improved our relationship.

    • Ilana 10. Jan, 2016 at 4:51 pm #

      Thanks. Yes I agree. The world would certainly be a better place to live in.

      Your experiences have gone on to show that being nice to someone we don’t particularly get along with, can have positive benefits and outcomes.

  2. Tim 10. Jan, 2016 at 4:50 pm #

    I try my best to be as patient as possible when dealing with my friends and especially my enemies. But to accord myself with the way things are is not a practical solution for me.

    Relationships should evolve and change should be encouraged, as oppose to resigning myself to what is. But I brought simplicity with me to my new life, it’s humbling and refreshing at the same time.

    • Ilana 10. Jan, 2016 at 4:59 pm #

      Thanks Tim. Yes you’re absolutely right. Relationships should evolve, change and should be encouraged, but my experience has proved to show the opposite.

      When we leave the past behind we pave the way for spiritual and emotional growth. We change when we move on from our past.

      We must come to live in the present time without any strings attached. I love the fact that you have learned how to bring simplicity to your life. I believe and from what you respond to here on the site, that you have evolved.

      I’m not sure how many really do. Their actions and words seem to tell a different story. Like you, I too choose not to resign myself to what is, if those circumstances aren’t right or appropriate.

      We must be true to ourselves and speak our own truth.

  3. Maria 10. Jan, 2016 at 8:33 pm #

    Very great qualities to practice. I interpret simplicity to being humble.

    We need to realize we all have the same amount of self worth and deserve to be treated as such. When we show these three characteristics toward people we attract them back to our life.

    • Ilana 10. Jan, 2016 at 9:11 pm #

      I love this and agree. We certainly do. Thanks Maria.

  4. Bonnie Strickland Johns 11. Jan, 2016 at 4:41 am #

    This says it all!! Thank you Ilana! I haven’t been on here for a long time, I’m bad I know I’m sorry. I’ll make sure to make it a daily habit.

    • Ilana 11. Jan, 2016 at 10:19 am #

      Awww thanks Bonnie. I would love if you could. Yes couldn’t agree more. This quote absolutely says it all.

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