We all have problems sometimes, problems that seem to be so overwhelming they stop us dead in our tracks. Whether it is in the form of an opponent, an injury, outcomes of our actions, business pursuits or school we confront things that will get in our way. The Tao is in returning, by this it means to return to the source. In times of hardship return to what drives you. The why in your actions. Your reasons are what remind you of your path. Live keeping those reasons close to your heart and soon they’ll form a foundation for your life. Building a strong foundation in helping others is what practicing the Tao is all about, you cannot help others without a foundation for yourself.
I’ve recently made a poor business decision and printed off a lot of marketing material that then became useless because of a transition I had to make. Rather than be put down by the failure I’m using it as a springboard to further motivate me in achieving other goals, and I look forward to the next opportunity. I quote this all the time, but the more I repeat it to myself the more applications I find.
Stand like a perfectly balanced scale,
and move like a turning wheel.
Sinking to one side allows movement to flow;
being double-weighted is sluggish.
Anyone who has spent years of practice and still cannot neutralize, and is always controlled by his opponent, has not apprehended the fault of double-weightedness.
To avoid this fault one must distinguish yin from yang
-The Treatise on Tai Chi Chuan: Wang ZongYue
This quote reminds me to keep the path. Not to get discouraged by circumstances, rather let your experience push you to greater things. If we allow ourselves to get caught up in all the minor failures of our lives we stop seeing the bigger picture. For example, with every failure we gain knowledge and in turn that knowledge helps us to rise a step up above whatever happened. Next time around we know we have a different choice, and more importantly we should try something different than the path we went down before.
In light of failure the world moves on. The stream continues to flow, even when the rock is in front of it. Eventually the rock is worn away. Another great saying is that nothing lasts forever. Small failures are but steps to teach you of your path. A part of the whole, this whole, the entire picture is what we should open our mind to. Stimulate, motivate yourself to forever expand into wherever and whatever you want to be. Drive yourself, visualize yourself shape your intention around your goals and the body will have a path to follow.
Daniel R. Hyde