Tag Archives: Confucius

Is your reality real?

“Most everyone’s reality is a blend of their past experiences, their expectations, and what they think they see or feel. This, unfortunately is not true reality at all. Many events we witness or are exposed to are not exactly as we think they are. So in fact, life just full of instances and visions clouded in mystery and untruths based on one’s own view of reality. Therefore, everyone’s reality is what they want it to be, not what it truly is.”

~ James Filbird

Really?

Make a wish

Statue of Confucius at the Confucius Temple of...

Statue of Confucius in Shenyang, China

“What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others.”

~ Confucius

Zi gong (a disciple of Confucius) asked: “Is there any one word that could guide a person throughout life?”
The Master replied: “How about ‘shu’ [reciprocity]: never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself?”

If you want to make a substantial improvement in your life, then start by doing more for yourself rather than asking others to do things for you. Don’t be a burden to others if you’re able to do something by yourself. You’d be surprised how much we ask of our family and friends. You’d also be surprised to know that doing more yourself will make you smarter, more confident and less dependent. Start today by doing more for yourself which will allow others to do more for themselves. Liberate others and yourself!

Take me higher and higher

A Tang Dynasty portrait of Confucius (by Wu Da...

Confucius (ChunQui Dynasty)

“The higher type of man clings to virtue, the lower type of man clings to material comfort.  The higher type of man cherishes justice, the lower type of man cherishes the hope of favors to be received.”

~ Confucius (551-479 BC) Chinese Philosopher

If you want to know what defines some people from the masses, read the quote above from Confucius again. It’s easy to be like most people who seek to have as much stuff as possible and expect much to be given to them. The virtuous people aspire to be great by doing things for other people without any expectation or anything in return. The person in the mainstream of life will do their best to acquire as many material things as they can even at the cost of their dignity and/or at the cost of others, including friends. Don’t allow yourself to cling to a place in life where you feel you need stuff to be happy. Let go and cling to another place where you can find your true self by doing things you never thought possible. Get liberated and you’ll find enlightenment.

Confucius says…

“To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue…gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.”

~ Confucius

I’ve always liked what the great Confucius taught. His teachings are very popular among many Westerners the world over. Great people who you share time with never go away, they get better over time.

Look for the good in others

“The nobler sort of man emphasizes the good qualities in others, and does not accentuate the bad. The inferior does the reverse.”

~ Confucius (551-479 BC) Chinese Philosopher

Don’t be inferior, be superior! Look for the good in people and you will attract more good people in your life. If you do the reverse, then you will get the opposite result. Choose to be friendlier to those you care about and great things will happen between you and them. Show those you love and like that you sincerely enjoy them and your nobility will overwhelm them to the point where they won’t ever want to lose your friendship. Try it and see for yourself.