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Lao Tzu, Zen koan, Book of 1st Timothy, Kahlil Gibran
Whatever it is we hold onto too tightly strangles
it. Even honestly earned money becomes poison
when it's grasped and hoarded. True wealth is
comprised of contentment; enjoyment of what
is in our lives outweighing the need for more.
"Plenty" is a fluid, personal measure. Changing
your definition of it can make you happier.
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Which do you value more -
your wealth or your wellness?
Which is more harmful -
to lead or to lose?
The greater is your attachment,
the more bereft is your release.
The more you hoard,
the less is left to enjoy.
Those on the path to the Great Integrity
flow without forcing,
leaving no space for disasters.
Excerpted from "Tao Te Ching,"
by Lao Tzu
Translation and commentary by
Ralph Alan Dale
Barnes & Noble, 2002
As the roof was leaking, a Zen master
told two monks to bring something to
catch the water. One brought a tub, the
other a basket. The first was severely
reprimanded, the second highly praised.
But godliness actually is a means of great
gain when accompanied by contentment.
For we have brought nothing into the world,
so we cannot take anything out of it either.
But those who want to get rich fall into
temptation and a snare and many foolish and
and harmful desires which plunge men
into ruin and destruction.
For the love of money is a root of all sorts
of evil, and some by longing for it have
wandered away from the faith and pierced
themselves with many griefs.
But flee from these things, you man of God,
and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith,
love perseverance and gentleness.
Fight the good fight of faith; take hold
of eternal life to which you were called,
and you made the good confession in the
presence of many witnesses.
1 Timothy 6:6-7, 8-12
New American Standard Bible
The Last Word:
Money is like love:
it kills slowly and painfully the one
who witholds it, and enlivens the other
who turns it on his fellow man.
Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)
Lebanese American poet & author
Utterly Random Bonus Quote:
I put all my genius into my life;
I put only my talent into my works.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
Irish poet, novelist, critic, dramatist
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