Words from Eleanor Roosevelt

Life is full of unexpected suffering. Even so, as Eleanor Roosevelt said: “If you can live through that (a difficult situation) you can live through anything. You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, `I lived through this…I can take the next thing that comes along.´ That´s exactly right. Struggling against great difficulty enables us to develop ourselves tremendously. We can call forth and manifest those abilities lying dormat within us. Difficulty can be a source of dynamic growth and positive progress.   From the book, FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW

An Excerpt from the Tao Teh Ching

Lao-Tze was a philosopher and poet of ancient China. He is best known as the reputed author of the TAO TEH CHING and the founder of the philosophy Taoism.

No other book on earth has been translated as widely and as frequently as Lao Tze´s TAO TEH CHING, and no other book has been translated as often into English. As of 1955, there were 100 different translations in print throughout the world, 90 in Western languages, 36 in English alone.  Daniel P. Reid

 

AN EXCERPT FROM THE TAO TEH CHING

When he is born, man is soft and weak

In death, he becomes stiff and hard.

The ten thousand creatures and all plants and trees

Are supple and soft in life,

But brittle and dry in death.

Truly, to be stiff and hard is the way of death;

To be soft and supple is the way of life.

Therefore, the weapon that is too hard will be broken,

And the tree with the hardest wood will be cut down first.

Truly, the hard and the strong are cast down,

While the soft and weak rise to the top.

Lao Tze