A Steal at a Yard Sale

December 7, 2022 –

At a yard sale, I found them—two books by Benjamin Hoff. The books initially sold for $15.00 each. I bought both for $1. Paying fifty cents for each book means I saved $29.00. Originally published 40 years ago, “Tao Of Pooh” and “The Te of Piglet” are classics.

While reading the first book, I discovered the story of the Uncarved Block and was hooked. “The essence is that things in their original simplicity contain their own natural power, easily spoiled and lost when that simplicity is changed. When you discard arrogance, complexity, and a few other things that get in the way, eventually, you discover that simple, childlike secret known to those of the Uncarved Block: Life is fun.”

Reading “Tao of Pooh” reminded me of a wise proverb. “What we think, we become.” So, think positively, and you can’t think negatively. Think negatively, and you can’t think positively. The essence of a happy life is in being positive and not negative. Like the lesson of the Uncarved Block, a proverb reveals a simple natural truth.