Friday, June 4, 2010
Well that went fast! Before I had started the Alchemist, I had begun reading The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff, and with the completion of that book last weekend I began were I Ieft off in the Tao of Pooh.
Read this book went by surprisingly fast considering what it was about. The book is an introduction to Taoism, using the fictional character of Winnie the Pooh and the stories that surround the bear to help explain it in an easy to understand way. The dialogue in the book is very witty and I really enjoyed it- especially since it brought me back to all those old Winnie the Pooh shows you watch as a young kid- it really jogged my memory. What I love most about this book are the amazing quotes that make you really think and re-evaluate things in your life. Here are just a few of my favorites:
"There are things about ourselves that we need to get rid of; there are things we need to change. But at the same time, we do not need to be too desperate, too ruthless, too combative. Along the way to usefulness and happiness, many of those things will change themselves, and the others can be worked on as we go. The first thing we need to do is recognize and trust our own Inner Nature, and not lose sight of it."
"Do you really want to be happy? You can begin by being appreciative of who you are and what you've got."
"Things just happen in the right way, at the right time. At least when you let them, when you work with circumstances instead of saying, 'This isn't supposed to be happening this way,' and trying harder to make it happen some other way."
"The surest way to become Tense, Awkward, and Confused is to develop a mind that tries too hard - one that thinks too much."
— Benjamin Hoff (The Tao of Pooh)