Nibbling On Asian History & Philosophy Series



The Guiding Light of Lao Tzu

By Henry Wei


Says Lao Tzu:

“Misfortune is what fortune leans on;
Fortune is where misfortune conceals itself.
Who can know the ultimate result?”

(page 115)


Hermit Poet’s Comments: I like the phrase “that it is all how we take the hits.” Failure is a good thing because we learn and can grow stronger.

Is misfortune and fortune actually just a state of mind?

Example: I can be pounding away the hours at a low pay fast food job, or I can be relaxing on an island watching the sunset. Of course, I would rather be on the island, but if the mind is trained to be happy wherever I’m at or whatever I’m doing, then that will create contentment.


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