In Ancient Chinese Philosophy, there’s a passage about a man who gets very sick. His name is Master Chariot. And Master Sacrifice asks if he’s going to be alright. Master Chariot responds, “How extraordinary of the maker of things to knot me up like this. My back is hunched out. My organs are all out of order. My chin is hidden in my navel. My shoulders are pearled. And my neck bones point to Heaven.”
That sounds pretty bad, doesn’t it? But though his yin and yang qi (good soul) was fouled, in his mind, there was nothing wrong. Nothing at all. Master Chariot hobbles over to a well of water to find his reflection. Master Sacrifice asks, “Do you dislike it?”
Master Chariot exclaims, “Not at all! What is there to dislike? If, in time, he turns my left arm into a rooster, I’ll use it to crow the day. If he turns my right arm into a bow, I’ll shoot down a dove for roasting. If he turns my buttocks into wheels and my spirit into a horse, I’ll climb aboard. What better carriage? You get something when it’s time. You lose it when it’s passed. If you are content with the time and abide by the passing, there’s no room for sorrow. If you don’t loose yourself, (not take life too seriously), things will bind you. Nothing has ever beaten Heaven. So, what is there to dislike?”
What is there to dislike? Stop taking yourself so seriously. Life is meant to be full of joy and memory making. Your soul is aching to thrive. It’s full of so much good, and a good soul wants a good life. Nothing has ever beaten Heaven. Heaven is not binded. So don’t allow yourself to be binded either. This concept is easier said than done. But it’s a mindset in life that will lead to an abundance of rewards and happiness.
If your soul is twisted, what good will you find? What good could you possibly see? Why would you want to live a life like that? Joy is waiting for you. Your happiest memories are waiting for you. You’re deserving of so much good. Stop waiting for it. Start seeing it. Start creating it.
Let life come as it does and let it fuel you.
Helping you recognize that your dreams are attainable and real.