How Not to Make Money

The pursuit of money or wealth in order to care for family and loved ones and to allow for comfort in life is not a bad thing. The pursuit of money for social stature and to buy pretty things at the cost of your health might be.

Vincent Egoro


Why have we become so hypocritical on the subject of money? Most people (especially religious ones) have formed the habit of pretending publicly to despise or not be concerned about money, while actually they are working their heads off, taking double shifts, combining their jobs with side businesses, or running two, three enterprises, just to get more of it.

I read blogs, and listen to speeches where people advise others especially the young or those under them to shun the pursuit of money and seek the higher good, yet the very blog, and the speech they give is a money making opportunity for them.

The other day, I was with an older person who wanted a service from me, and after telling him my fees, he went ahead to say, “must it be all about the money?” I felt saddened by the hypocrisy of this man. Yes I believe that…

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 18

Even with guidance this chapter remains a mystery to me.

Thank you to Derek Lin’s Tao Te Ching Annotated and Explained.Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 9.54.38 AM

The great Tao fades away
There is benevolence and justice
Intelligence comes forth
There is great deception

The six relations are not harmonious
There is filial piety and kind affection
The country is in confused chaos
There are loyal ministers


Tao Te Ching Chapter 16

This is a chapter that I love. It resounds with me; particularly “Not knowing constancy, one recklessly causes trouble”. My life in a nut shell. I yearn for this, which is perhaps why I haven’t fully achieved it yet. I have to let go and accept life as it comes to me. It is that impartiality that evades me. In time perhaps.

Thank you to Derek Lin’s Tao Te Ching Annotated and Explained.

Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 9.54.38 AMAttain the ultimate emptiness
Hold on to the truest tranquility
The myriad things are all active
I therefore watch their return

Everything flourishes; each returns to its root
Returning to the root is called tranquility
Tranquility is called returning to one’s nature
Returning to one’s nature is called constancy
Knowing constancy is called clarity

Not knowing constancy, one recklessly causes trouble
Knowing constancy is acceptance
Acceptance is impartiality
Sovereign is Heaven
Heaven is Tao
Tao is eternal
The self is no more, without danger

Tao Te Ching Chapter 15

A wonderful chapter which instructs us to emulate the Tao masters of antiquity must as the Tao masters emulated the world around them, seeking to further understand the Tao.

Thank you to Derek Lin’s Tao Te Ching Annotated and Explained.

Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 9.54.38 AMThe Tao masters of antiquity
Subtle wonders through mystery
Depths that cannot be discerned
Because one cannot discern them
Therefore one is forced to describe the appearance

Hesitant, like crossing a wintery river
Cautious, like fearing four neighbours
Solemn, like a guest
Loose, like ice about to melt
Genuine, like plain wood
Open, like a valley
Opaque, like muddy water

Who can be muddled yet desist
In stillness gradually become clear?
Who can be serene yet presist
In motion gradually come alive?

One who holds the Tao does not wish to be overfilled
Because one is not overfilled
Therefore one can preserve and not create anew

Four Easy Ways for Students to Save Money — Nelnet’s Blog for Financial Aid Officers

As classes begin for the 2016-2017 academic year, college students everywhere are being reminded of one simple fact: Life isn’t cheap. Financial aid is great, but it may only stretch so far. What is a money-minded student to do? Nelnet has you covered. Here are four easy ways for students to save money throughout the […]

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Romanticized Daydreams

Heartstring Eulogies

photo and model credit Lucz Fowler of @meet_me_in_the_morgue

Sometimes, we can’t stop
those romanticized thoughts —
falling for the dream
instead of reality.
And when it happens, we’re left
in the dark with the awful truth
and a shattered heart.

© Sarah Doughty

For the ‘Support Insta Writers’ August Prompts
(based on books written by authors in the IG community)
hosted by Tracy and Journee.

Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately by @thealiciacook

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 14

Chapter 14 is what it calls the Tao, enigmatic, at least for me. I enjoy the final lines though for I suspect the wisdom of the Tao can help us manage life today.

Thank you to Derek Lin’s Tao Te Ching Annotated and Explained.

Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 9.54.38 AMLook at it, it cannot be seen
It is called colourless
Listen to it, it cannot be heard
It is called noiseless
Reach for it, it cannot be held
It is called formless
These three cannot be completely unraveled
So they are combined into one

Above it, not bright
Below it, not dark
Continuing endlessly, cannot be named
It returns back into nothingness
Thus it is called the form of the formless
The image of the imageless
This is called enigmatic
Confront it, its front cannot be seen
Follow it, its back cannot be seen

Wield the Tao of the ancients
To manage the existence of today
One can know the ancient beginning
It is called the Tao Axiom