Posted by: Mike Ferruggia | February 9, 2010

Good Times/Bad Times

Life can be incredibly awesome at times. Our lives fill with joy and happiness, little things go our way, we meet wonderful people, the weather is great and on and on. It takes wisdom to learn to appreciate these times, to learn to enjoy them and savor them, and to recognize them. That’s the trick. We sometimes get so busy and so focused on the next thing that we don’t see it, we don’t recognize the good things that are happening to us. We also know, rom the taoist perspective, that life has its ups and downs, and not to be bleak or defeatist, we know it won’t all be wine and roses, so we learn to be appreciative and grateful.

Life can be incredibly cruel at times. Our lives turn upside down with unexpected obstacles and tragedies, everything seems to go wrong, nothing goes our way, and our lives fill with sadness. Here too, it takes wisdom to recognize that this too shall pass, that we will not be destroyed, that we can weather the storms life throws our way. It takes wisdom and preparation to be ready for these times, to know how to deal with it, how to get through, how to hang on until it changes again. And, even in darkness, to learn to be appreciative and grateful, focused and centered, internally strong.

This is the taoist way, the tai chi way. Stay to the center, allow the world to arrange itself, and develop the gong fu to negotiate the good times and the bad.



  1. Great blog, well said keep up the good work.

  2. I recently found your blog and I like it very much. I’ll be sure to return regularly. Keep up the good work!

  3. Well said, and so true!

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