While researching an article this morning, I came across this wonderful quote from the philosopher Lao Tzu (604-531 BC):
“In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.”
Although his words come from a vastly different time and culture, they really speak to life in New England and, especially, to life in Maine. Here we might paraphrase his words to Live without ostentation and close to nature. Avoid complicating life unnecessarily. Be empathetic and kind to all, especially that neighbor you may not particularly like. Give everyone a chance to show what he or she can accomplish. Work at something you enjoy, even if it doesn’t bring great material awards, and at the end of the work day, leave your job behind and be there for your loved ones.
Nice words to contemplate in the middle of our busy lives. I hope this quote brightens your day as much as it has brightened mine.