Live your life as if you were the boatman of an empty boat
The Taoist sage Chuang-Tzu is a Chinese writer from the 4th Century BCE (Before the Christian Era). He shows us a way of looking at our lives and gives us one of the earliest Cognitive Therapy lessons into the bargain! See what you make of him.
If a man is crossing a river
And an empty boat collides with his own skiff
Even though he be a bad tempered man
He will not become very angry.
But if he sees a man in the boat,
He will shout at him to steer clear.
If his shout is not heard, he will shout again.
And yet again, and begin cursing.
And all because there is someone in the boat.
Yet if the boat were empty,
He would not be shouting and angry.
If you can empty your own boat
Crossing the river of the world,
No one will oppose you,
No one will seek to harm you.