Lao Tzu was an ancient Chinese philosopher, sage, teacher, guru, and above all, one of the first to come up with the theory that our planet is a divine organism that cannot be successfully manipulated.
It is said that he had white (gray) hair already in his early childhood, indicating his eternal wisdom and profound awareness of his essence of being. Lao Tzu is said to have had many students to whom he passed on his knowledge and wisdom. He often drew this knowledge from ingenious Chinese politics, common sense, years of experience, and nature, which was also the place where he taught his students and drew inspiration.
Let’s take a look at seven well-known quotes from Lao Tzu and the lessons we can learn from them.
“New beginnings are often disguised as painful ending”
What we perceive as painful is often the path to something better and new; a new beginning, a new way, a new direction, a new opportunity, a new life, a new you.
Each of us was at least once in our lives in a situation that seemed hopeless or hard to accept. A big life change, the end of something significant, the end of an employment or a relationship, all this can eventually lead to a better, happier, and more successful future.
The fear, the pain, the anxiety at the end prepared us for a new beginning.
“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner”
Once you stop letting other people’s opinions control you and detach yourself from what they think about you, you are becoming your true self. If you are aware of your own qualities, abilities, your life journey and things you truly love doing, you won’t need other people to agree with you or confirm whether you are good enough.
Not caring about what other people think is very liberating and it should be on your list of priorities because you are the director of your own life, not someone else.
“A journey of a thousand miles start begins with a single step”
Whatever your goal or final destination is, you have to start your journey with the first step. No one but you will take that first important step; a step toward realizing your dream. You don’t need to know how many steps you need to take in order to reach your final destination; just enjoy the process and remember that every step is worth it.
There is no reaction without an action, therefore, start with the first step and the rest of your path will beautifully unfold.
Many of us focus on the outcome and final destination so much that we forget to live in the present moment and every little every step that counts.
We often hurry and want everything in the shortest time possible, and if we do not see it grow or see no change, we often give up or miss out on great opportunities. Look at nature. It does not hurry yet everything is accomplished. Something takes less time, something takes more time, but in the end, everything is accomplished.
If you stop pushing too hard and enjoy the process, you get what your heart craves.
“If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place”
If you’ve ever read the book “How to Become A Money Magnet” by Marie-Claire Carlyle, you know the phrase that is very often repeated there; “The money is already there. The only thing preventing you from being rich is you.”
Everything starts in the head; the place where all those beliefs, ideas and visions lie. If you change the way you think, you change your whole life. “Like attract like”, and if you start thinking about what you want instead of what you don’t want; if you start thinking happy and positive thoughts, the rest of your life will fall into place.
Change your mind and watch your life change. You will see that coincidences will no longer be coincidences, but something you have created or drawn into your life.
“Be like water”
The water is soft, and yet we can witness its great power. We identify ourselves as an object in the water that goes with the flow, instead of being our own flow; still waters that runs deep.
As Yasmin Mogahed said: “Being both soft and strong is a combination very few have mastered.”
“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present”
Life is not available yesterday or tomorrow; it’s available only in the present moment. If we don’t live in the present moment, life slips through our fingers, we lose a lot of great moments and overlook the small and beautiful things of everyday life.
Living in the present moment is essential for joy, happiness, and success, and how we feel is often a reflection of the moment we live now. The present moment is a gift.
Which of these seven quotes is your favorite, and why?