Goodreads: “It is hard to be brave,” said Piglet, sniffing slightly, “when you’re only a very small animal.” Yet Piglet — with his keen eye for every pitfall — is asked to be brave again and again. When it comes to problems or facing any Major Danger, one can always count on Piglet. Which brings us to the wisdom of the Taoist masters as revealed in the The Te of Piglet: The Virtue of the Small.
The Te (pronounced Deh) of Piglet is a companion book to the Tao (pronounced Dao) of Pooh. Where the Tao explains in very easy language the guiding principles of Taoism, the Te explains things in a little more detail. The first time I read it, some years ago, I struggled to get through it because there was so much information – tonight I started and finished it with a child-like wonder.
Written very well and once again using the characters from Winnie the Pooh, Hoff explains the keys to happiness and long life. It takes a look at the history of great nations in the world and explains how their differences make them strong yet also weak.
One of the basic premises of the book is that we must learn to live in the today and quit worrying so much about tomorrow, the future or imaginary things that may never happen. We should not see things as “good” or “evil” or “bad” but see the value in each experience that comes our way. We should rid ourselves of the things that bring out the worse in us – physically, mentally and spiritually because those things only bring us stress and strife.
One story I liked because it is so simple yet so true in so many areas of my life is as follows:
A horse was tied outside a shop in a narrow Chinese village street. Whenever anyone would try to walk by, the horse would kick him. Before long, a small crowd of villagers had gathered near the shop, arguing about how best to get past the dangerous horse. Suddenly, someone came running. “The Old Master is coming!” he shouted. “He’ll know what to do!”
The crowd watched eagerly as the Old Master came around the corner, saw the horse, turned, and walked down another street.
The lesson, of course, being that usually the answer to our perceived problems is so simple that the “problem” isn’t really a problem at all. We build the problem up in our minds until it clouds our thinking. 🙂
The book has much to say for those interested in such things. I give the book an A and know that I will read it again in the future.