Fill your bowl to the brim
and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife
and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security
and your heart will never unclench.
Care about people’s approval
and you will be their prisoner.
Do your work, then step back.
The only path to serenity.
Tao Te Ching, 9
American Dad had a great article on speaking the truth without apologizing for it. Our society is currently geared around caring what other people think, to the point where we apologize before speaking the truth, be silent when others spout lies, and accept blatant contradictions to nature as just another opinion.
Other people’s approval will chain you if you let it. Speak the truth, but what happens after that is up to the hearer. If the masses refuse to accept truth, let them continue to wallow in self-deception until they seek truth. It’s your job to remove their excuse of “I didn’t know”, but you are not responsible for how they react.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
YOU are responsible for YOU. Not anyone else.
Embrace ZFG. Enjoy The Decline. Find Serenity. Change what you need to and let God work out the rest.
Enjoy Sunday with your family.