46 – The Habit of Contentment

cc image by JoeLodge on Flickr

cc image by JoeLodge on Flickr

When the world follows Tao,
horses are used to plow the fields.
When the world is without Tao,
war horses are bred in the countryside.

Nothing is more unfortunate
than discontent.

Nothing is more unfortunate
than desire.

One who understands contentment
always has enough.


Read the essay on Chapter 46


  1. A good reminder to be thankful for and contented with the blessings we’ve been given.

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  2. SITS visit! Very wise words. Contentment is the foundation for happiness, although it doesn’t mean we don’t strive to grow. I look forward to reading more!
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    • Thanks for the visit, Nicole! Yes, I think that Lao Tzu is one of the wisest! It has been a real learning experience to work with his fabulous words. Thanks for the visit!

  3. Another good post. I think we find contentment in being in a state of gratitude. I love the photo as well.
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    • I love this picture too. For most of my photos, you can click on the photo itself and go to the Flickr website. I use the Creative Commons photos from there. It is a great site to get images for your blog posts, and it helps gain some exposure for those who are budding photographers!

    • Thanks, Julia!

  4. Horses could teach us a lot about the ideals of the Tao. I wonder if the equine reference was a subtle pointer to witness the behavior of these interesting creatures who have chosen to be our companions, partners and providers? I can’t think of another animal more willing to let go of self and ego to serve.
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  5. I would have to agree that horses are beautiful companions. So many animals teach us things about life, don’t they? In our house, squirrels are our mascots. They are busy little creatures, but we love them so!

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