Earth Day Affirmation

blog pic1-1More than 2,500 years ago, Lao Tzu, the author of the Tao Te Ching, recognized the concept of green. He knew the temptations of this world and how easy it is to use it to nourish our needs without being mindful or respectful of Mother Earth.

We are the world, we are the sound of the wind, and we are the broken, tattered leaves paving the walkways. We are the acorns that fall from the trees, and in a way that is fated, we reap what we sow. If we pollute our air, spread toxins in our waters and pesticides in our soil, we are destroying ourselves.

It is easy in our day-to-day lives to lose focus on what’s out there. But ironically, what is out there is also what is within each of us. When we treat the earth with integrity, we treat ourselves with integrity.

Today, on Earth Day, lets actively look for ways to share the bounty, be mindful of resources and show gratitude for the abundance we all share on this earth.

Affirmation: I use Mother Earth’s resources wisely and respectfully. I show gratitude for her blessings.

(Excerpt from Tao Flashes, A Woman’s Way to Navigating The Midlife Journey with Integrity, Harmony and Grace.)

Best of Boomer Blog #301

The boomer retirement crisis, the worst four letter-word in the English language (not what you think), midlife as a catalyst for positive change, fraudulent tax preparation schemes and a brief lesson on the Tao Te Ching, are just some of the varied topics for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs.

I’m the host for this week’s Best of Boomer Blogs–a collection of blogs on Boomer-related subjects.

On The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide, Rita R. Robison, consumer journalist, writes about fraudulent tax preparation schemes. Each year, consumers file thousands of complaints about tax preparers, so consumers should ask about the preparers qualifications, check their history through the Better Business Bureau, and never sign a blank tax return.

Laura Lee Carter asks the question, “What do you know now, that you wish you’d known ten years ago?” Time for some midlife time travel?

John G. Agno brings our attention to some sobering news on the retirement front. Boomer Retirement Crisis: 57% of U.S. workers reported less than $25K in total household savings/investments excluding their homes.

Tom Sightings was reading an article recently that discussed how we are all social beings, pointing out that as soon as we are free to do what we want, we end up imitating one another. It got him thinking, and led to a Sightings Over Sixty blog post revealing The Worst Four Letter Word in the English language … and no, it’s not the one you think.

As for my Tao Flashes blog…this week I’ll share a little about one of my favorite books, the Tao Te Ching. This ancient Chinese classic was the inspiration for my book, Tao Flashes.

The Tao Te Ching was written by Chinese philosopher and poet Lao Tzu nearly 2,500 years ago (somewhere in the time period  604-531 B.C.) .

Translated thousands of times, second only to the Bible, the Tao Te Ching outlines a simple but paradoxal philosophy to life. Tao means “the way,” and the basic tenets for finding the way to living in unity with the universe is this: live with a spirit of compassion, humility, harmony and moderation. I find these qualities are particularly needed at midlife.

Tzu offers guidance through 81 verses, or chapters, on the art of living with integrity and encourages us to transform our consciousness and evolve with intention.

It is a beautiful book full of paradox, like yin and yang, night and day, good and evil. Much like our human existence, it points to the duality of life. Yet it continues to offer hope, inspiration and guidance for creating a more peaceful, meaningful life –especially at midlife!

“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”
― Lao TzuTao Te Ching