“Things happen in the right way, at the right time. At least they do when you let them, when you work with circumstances instead of saying, ‘This isn’t suppoed to be happening this way,’ and trying hard to make it happen some other way. If you’re in tune with The Way Things Work, then they work the way they need to, no matter what you may think about it at the time.”
“The Tao of Pooh” by Benjamin Hoff
My review for this book is just as simple as the tenants of the Tao itself: it’s incredible. It’s made me ponder the fact that I’m probably much closer to a Taoist than a Buddhist, because not only did I whole-heartedly agree with all the concepts of how life should be lived that settled within, but it also presented it through the situations and exploits of characters I had loved and adored as a child. It helped me get through a week that may have had the opportunity to be Very Stressful and actually ended up being Quite Enjoyable, including a day when my sales put me in the #18 seller in the company with minimal effort. It has made me enjoy my job once again, by reminding myself that what will be, will be, but it might not be if I’m not open to just letting it be.
Interestingly, it’s also inspiring me to appreciate The Alchemist a little better as well. The concept of a Personal Legend and the universe conspiring to help you goes very well with Tao and the the Wu Wei, concepts that I’ve always believed in and have never quite embraces as much as I have during these past few days, reading this book.
I’m a firm believer in living life by just letting it happen; that the more we try to push and pull to make things happen, the more stressful and dissatisfied we’ll be. I know I’m not exactly the pinnacle of zen, either, though. I set silly goals for myself to give my life some sort of sense of structure, but I’m getting much better. I know that, whenever I get myself caught up in the urges to make things happen one way when the universe wants it to go another, I’ll stop and think to myself, “What would Pooh do?” and will probably be much happier for it. It’s a lovely, inspiring book, and it comes highly recommended.
Book read: 32 out of 100.