Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff


“The essence of the principle of the “Uncarved Block” is that things in their original simplicity contain their own natural power, power that is easily spoiled and lost when that simplicity is changed.”

“When you discard arrogance, complexity and a few other things that git in the way sooner or later you will discover that simple, childlike, and mysterious secret known to those of the uncarved block- LIFE IS FUN”

“From the state of the Uncarved Block comes the ability to enjoy the simple and the quiet, the natural and the plain. Along with that comes the ability to do things spontaneously and have them work, add as that may appear to others at times.”

      Who would have thought a book featuring Pooh Bear could have so much to offer? Just in the first two chapters there is much to take away.. Simplicity is something I am trying to live. In our culture we are bombarded with STUFF.. most of it we don’t need or use, yet we still have the desire for more.
     The older we get the more sucked into this life of consumerism we become. We work 40 plus hours a week in jobs that most of us hate- because lets be real.. spending 40 plus hours doing something that we HAVE to do isn’t any fun at all. We lost that ability to be spontaneous when we got all this stuff that we have to pay for. Responsibility that we gave ourselves begins to weigh on our hearts and bodies until eventually we snap. Choosing to take another path is what we all can do.

I choose to live simply
I choose to believe that "Life is Fun”
I choose to be spontaneous.
I choose to be HAPPY

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