Good Evening, God!
Always TWEAKING . . . that’s my motto. I love making small little changes — like adjusting a habit . . . a behavior pattern . . . or even how I view some problem. I do it just for fun. Just to enrich my life.
I am grateful and thankful and appreciative of my life. I rejoice! Still, God, I can’t resist an opportunity to make my life a bit better. And that is what this book provided.
I never enjoyed philosophy in college — and I have avoided it since. But these Chinese philosophers have practical and useful things to say. A lot of them help me see that my ways of thinking are so very culturally determined. I know that in theory. But it is delightful to stumble across examples. Last week I stumbled across Mencius and his contemporary Mozi. Mozi believed in a Coherent World in which working hard and following the Rules would make you prosper. (Sounds like Calvinism?) Mencius, on the other hand, saw that the world was Capricious. He saw the world “as fragmented, in perpetual disorder, and in need of constant work. “ That sure sounds right to me! And please, God, BLESS all the folks working to make our world better!
But, what truly delighted me was the idea that I could create my very own rituals!
For example: I just ran down to the kitchen and did two 5 minutes “Beautification” rituals. I did exactly the same stuff as if I had been cleaning the kitchen. But, I loved doing them. I was happy. Because, it seems, Cleaning is indexed under WORK and Rituals are something I do FOR MYSELF. I do them to make me happier . . .to just feel better!