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28 February 2007 @ 10:52 am
Tao of the Day  
Under promise.
Varnvarn_ix on February 28th, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
Here's one, lengthy by your standards, but point-illustrating.

"Alundil loved its Buddha. Many other towns had tried to entice him away from his purple grove: Shengodu, Flower of the Mountain, had offered him a palace and harem to come bring his teaching to the slopes. But the Enlightened One did not go to the mountain. Kannaka, of the Serpent River, had offered him elephants and ships, a town house and a country villa, horses and servants, to come and preach from its wharves. But the Enlightened One did not go to the river. The Buddha remained in his grove and all things came to him."

Roger Zelazny, Lord of Light
Kburgunder on February 28th, 2007 10:02 pm (UTC)
Zelazny rocks.
Beththepresident on March 1st, 2007 01:36 am (UTC)
Yes, yes he does.
Zen Anarchymetalmensch on March 1st, 2007 07:45 am (UTC)
Zen Anarchymetalmensch on March 1st, 2007 07:46 am (UTC)
Often I am found in places I am not expected. Even "I'll try to be there" seems to be a promise of some kind sometimes.
Kburgunder on March 1st, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah - even "I'll try to be there" has room for people to be disappointed.

I over committed my way straight into my mid-20s. It's amazing how much head noise is reduced just by being lean on the commitments.