The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents. By William Martin,
I don’t have a lot to say about the above quote. Sometimes that’s the only fit response when you encounter sheer wisdom. There is not much to say, just a great deal to ponder.
The quiet fidelity of a partner. A hand to hold. A shoulder to cry on. A meal cooked by a friend. A warm crackling fire and piping hot mug of tea to banish for a moment the chill of winter. The smell of the ocean on a sun-kissed summers day. A good book. A quiet moment to rest and reflect. A quote that makes you sit up and take notice.
Each of these is a small, even mundane thing. Yet each also has the capacity, if we are open to it, to usher us into an experience of grace, when goodness presents itself not as a prize to be sought but a gift to be received.
Emotional intelligence (emotional maturity, self-awareness, empathy and self-control) is just as important (if not more so in Heartpoet's and my humble opinions) as formal education. Intellectually overdeveloped yet emotionally underdeveloped? A degree then can become just a mere piece of paper.
Real-life everyday heroes/heroines improvise and make do with very little, because they know that their greatest assets are the things that are often taken for granted or completely overlooked. Everything else is just gravy.
When we find strength and peace and calm and happiness in all the ordinary things around us. The things that truly matter most. The extraordinary will then take care of itself.
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