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  1. Regret, guilt and shame

    My true wish for you, friend, is that you never find yourself in a position where you know what needs to be done, and you ache to do it, but you cannot do it because of your own inability. May you never have to endure the angst, whenever memories of that past event bubble up, of: I should have found a way... Forgiving others is easy; forgiving one's self is a different matter. Especially when I should have found a way.
  2. Money

    Thanks for clarifying (-:
  3. Money

    Just confirming: What you mean is going from having to be frugal - to choosing to be frugal. Yes?
  4. Money apologies, Mig. I am not Daoist, and should have said so right away.
  5. Has that ever stopped you before? With 43,784 posts, I think not.
  6. What is in our power to do?

    Yes and very well said! (-:
  7. Paintings with a Wow Factor

    Brilliant tale, Joe, and clearly Parrhasios won. Zeuxis's painting only fooled a bird. (-:
  8. What role does faith play in the taoist perspective?

    Ditto that! I have faith in my belief that what I experience is processed according to my nature...which means I may or may not hit the tree next time. Who knows?
  9. Money

    Hi Mig - Yes, that's from The Laozi - Chapter 33 - here is the Feng/English version: Knowing others is wisdom; Knowing the self is enlightenment. Mastering others requires force; Mastering the self needs strength. He who knows he has enough is rich. Perseverance is a sign of willpower. He who stays where he is endures. To die but not to perish is to be eternally present. ************ Everybody gets to decide what their own 'enough' is. Others might think they need fancy clothes, expensive toys, big houses, etc - my needs are small. A friend a long time ago said she felt guilty about owning a stereo (yes, it was a looong time ago lolol) - but my thinking is, it's not so much what someone owns but rather their relationship to it. Is it so important to have a stereo that you'd work extra hours away from your kids to pay for it? So yes, we need money, to meet our needs. Having small needs means needing less money. Extra money can be for fun things! Things that can be let go of, if the extra money goes away. Everything you own - also owns you. One of my favorite sayings is: The more roof you own, the more headache you have.
  10. Money

    I like what LiEhr said - Whoever knows he has enough is already rich. For me, 'enough' is food & shelter - and that I have. (-:
  11. (-:

    Thank you LimA! Here is one for you! What I like about this one - is that most of the unsuspecting people also knew the song (as do I) for it was taught in every high school choir for decades and sung at their Christmas programs - so they sang along!! It will also show you what everyday people at the mall over here are like. (there might be a short advertisement at the very beginning, easily ignored/skipped) Enjoy! and then go get some sleep, lol. Dream true!
  12. (-:

    Hi LimA, Just so you know - all the pictures and videos you add in your posts take up a lot of bandwidth, are sometimes very slow loading, and in all cases make it difficult to read your words. If you could limit them to none or one per post? That would really help! But if you cant, or dont want to, that's okay; no harm no foul - and I have other options.
  13. Beauty of the Tombs

    Beautifully vivid, new friend. I think we all come to a place in our lives where we reflect on our own tomb, and all the things behind us now and all the things that may still lie ahead... For me, reflection when done without fear seems to bring the most peace. Thank you for sharing yours. (-:
  14. Hi

    Welcome Tombartifacts, nice to have you here.