It feels appropriate to bring in the year of The Rabbit with this gentle and reflective poem by Lao Tzu, who is attributed with the writing of the “Tao-Te Ching”. According to Chinese tradition, The Rabbit is a lucky sign and ushers in a year in which you can catch your breath and calm your nerves.
What means more to you,
You or how important you are?
What would you miss more,
You or the things you own?
If you’re stingy, it will cost you in the long run.
If you hoard, you will lose in the long run.
But if you’re humble enough to be generous
You can be generous to yourself.
You’ll know how to start over
When the path you are on is blocked,
You’ll know you can start again.
~ Lao Tzu