If you want to be given everything,
give everything up.
Chapter 22 – Tao Te Ching
As I walk through my neighborhood,
I see incredible amounts of stuff being stored in some of the garages of my neighbors. In my own life, I’ve been humbled by those who have less material goods and more peace. Once our basic needs are supplied – food, clothing, and shelter – how do we listen for the still small voice that reminds us what is enough? Even the basics can be distorted. Too much food, an excess of clothes, and over-sized shelters and we find our life out of balance.
Lao Tzu shares that In the pursuit of knowledge, every day something is added. In the practice of the Tao, every day something is dropped. Jesus commands, Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
So what is a treasure in heaven? Acts of kindness. Serving others. Offering ourselves in quiet, gentle and loving ways for the good of the other. These are true treasures. In giving away we get. In finding treasure in healing words, forgiving acts, generous deeds, and mindful living, we offer that which no thief can steal. May you know true treasures.
May you daily offer true treasures.
anthony glenn miller