Detail of a pipe organ that was built into a mill in Zoar, Ohio.
The motion of the mill powered the airflow for the organ. How strange and beautiful to have music at the mill.
Take the shortest route, the one that nature planned—to speak and act in the healthiest way. Do that, and be free of pain and stress, free of all calculations and pretension.Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Verse 8:
The supreme good is like water,I love the philosophical similarities here.
which nourishes all things without trying to.
It is content with the low places that people disdain.
Thus it is like the Tao.
In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.
When you are content to be simply yourself
and don't compare or compete,
everybody will respect you.
"The world I believe is far too serious, and being far too serious, is it has need of a wise and merry philosophy."From The Importance of Living (1937)
I just turned 40, and there is something I've been thinking a lot about recently: RISK. But perhaps not in the sense you might suspect. …Assembled from several of my posts to Twitter (1, 2, 3, 4)
… I've been thinking about risk in the sense of 'opportunity cost'—one of the few useful philosophical constructs from business school. …
…At some point in one's life, it becomes more 'risky' NOT to take a risk, than to take a risk, start a business, pursue a passion, whatever…
… At some point, the opportunity cost of waiting around, forgoing your passion, overwhelms the potential risk from the venture itself.