44 – A Choice to Make

cc image by katerha on Flickr

cc image by katerha on Flickr

Fame or your own life,
which is more dear?

Your own life or your treasures,
which is worth more?

Gain or loss, which is worse?

Excessive attachment carries a high cost.
One who hoards will surely lose.

A contented woman
suffers no disappointment.
She knows when to stop
and does not reach exhaustion.
Thus, she can endure.


Read the essay on Chapter 44


  1. Interesting thoughts. I don’t really consider myself a materialistic person by and large, but there’s no denying I enjoy my gadgets. I’ll have to remember about contented women.
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    • I do too, Cheri! No doubt. What would I do without my iPhone? lol… The important thing to remember is to remember. We all have our vices. The question is, do we recognize how much it all really matters?

  2. These are so thought-provoking for me. I just love them. Thank you for sharing.
    Michele Bergh recently posted…Success Series: ProsperityMy Profile

    • I am so glad, Michele. I just love writing them! The Tao has always spoken to me. When I took that time off last year after passing on the U.S. Wellness Directory, I examined what I really love to do with my time. As I looked at some of my favorite teachers in this world, I recognized that it was the Tao that tied them all together. lol… Well, the Tao ties EVERYTHING together, but I mean this in a more concrete way. I soon realized that, since I was in my twenties, the Tao was the thread that moved through all of my studies. Finding this book again gave me a structure to speak from and it has really helped me with putting a voice to the thoughts that run through my mind, day in and day out. Thanks for being here and for being such a constant in my life! Love you!

  3. I love the fiddlehead photo. I’m a Maine girl all the way to the bone so just the photo alone makes me feel warm and fuzzy. I love reading your blog, thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks, Jes! I didn’t even know what it was! I get most of my images from Flickr, so if you like a photo you can click on it and leave a lovely comment for the photographer. I use creative commons photos from there so the photographer just gives them up for us to use with open heart. Thanks for stopping by!

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