Do Nothing Do Everything
Tomorrow, my “VIP ” English students and I will discuss the topic of “letting go”.
As I mentally prepare for this topic, I realize that I have, perhaps, emphasized action and drive and motivation a bit too much with them… and neglected the equally important practices of letting go and doing nothing.
I have been reading a fantastic book on Taoism titled “Do Nothing, Do Everything” by Qiguang Zhao… and it has gotten me to thinking about “letting go and doing nothing”
In fact, when I look at the path I have taken since finishing school and embarking on this “hobopoet” path to freedom… I realize that letting go was a very important part of that path.
I had to learn to let go of my fears of criticism and others’ opinions. I had to let go of a lot of conventional beliefs about respectability, security, finances, career, etc.
I had to let go of a lot of guilt– about past mistakes, about pursuing my own path when others can’t/don’t, about creating a free and abundant life for myself (and family & friends).
I had to let go of a lot of worries– about failure, about possible problems, about actual problems,…
I had to learn to forgive… and let go of resentments about the past (forgiving both myself and others).
I had to let go of people who left my life,… by my choice or theirs or tragedy…
And the process never ends.
Currently we’re in the process of expanding our business again, and planning more adventures abroad, and helping family members build their own businesses to achieve freedom…. All of this has required me to let go of a lot of old identities and beliefs… and assume new roles that I’d never felt comfortable in before.
In fact, I think that letting go is a fundamental key to remaining passionate, alert, happy, and alive as you age. I think a lot of people suffer not because they failed to achieve their goals,… but because they failed to let go of their disappointment. They failed to learn, let go, and move forward to something even more engaging.
In the end, its the process of living fully that is important.
“The reason we act is for the bliss of the intention and the beauty of the process. The intention is nobler than the result; the process is more beautiful than the goal.” -Qiguang Zhao
To which I can only say, “Amen!”