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06 March 2009 @ 09:45 am
Tao of the Day  
When we take things for granted, hours pass like minutes.
It is far better to notice and acknowledge the myriad things in the passing of a minute.

What is the name of the woman who cleans the toilets at work?
Remember her when you take a break.
Who takes the time to brew the office coffee?
Maybe it's your turn.
People who are us
empty the trash and recycling separately
instead of dumping the recycling in the trash bin
prepare the food
serve the food
maintain the pipes that bring us water
vacuum the shared spaces
select the music
play the music
select the art
hang the art
clean the windows
to untarnish a beautiful view at 3:12pm when we're restless
everywhere we go
there are the results of people's thought and intentions.
Someone planted these tomatoes.
Someone picked these berries.
Someone experimented until they found the perfect icing recipe.
Everywhere: there is grace;
Everywhere: life, and minutes become hours.

Kburgunder on March 6th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
Taoism asks me to acknowledge these things.

Objectivism takes it to the next level and asks me to celebrate them when they are done with care and pride in workmanship. Why would you engineer a bridge with your best effort and not clean a toilet with your best effort? There is nothing beneath our attention, and nothing unworthy of our best effort.

It is another way in which the two philosophies compliment each other for me.