If You Understand you will be wise


Thich Nhat Hanh
thich hnat hanh mindfulness poseWhen you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for  reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce.
Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument.
That is my experience.
No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding.
If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.


Lao Tzu
Lao TzuIf you understand others you are smart.
If you understand yourself you are illuminated.
If you overcome others you are powerful.
If you overcome yourself you have strength.
If you know how to be satisfied you are rich.
If you can act with vigor, you have a will.
If you don’t lose your objectives you can be long-lasting.
If you die without loss, you are eternal.








Heraclitus
Heraclitus sageThe soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny – it is the light that guides your way.
It is wise to listen, not to me but to reason, and to confess that all things are one.
From out of all the many particulars comes oneness, and out of oneness come all the many particulars.


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