I started this blog on one of my war paths toward a forced life goal where I was determined to succeed at something I wasn’t even sure about. I wanted to become a life coach. I still kind of maybe do. But I wrote posts under the guise of educating the masses on business, money, life, and mental health through the stumblings of my life. I did that, it was cool, I tried to force content out of myself and I didn’t like it, and then I stopped writing – a lot of the time.
I recently read the book The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff and although I got lost at times while reading it, the book’s messages struck a chord with me. My favorite concept was Wu Wei. According to the first thing that pops up in my Google search, I found this on the term:
Wu Wei (Chinese, literally “non-doing”) is an important concept of Taoism and means natural action, or in other words, action that does not involve struggle or excessive effort. Wu wei is the cultivation of a mental state in which our actions are quite effortlessly in alignment with the flow of life.
In the book, Benjamin uses water as a metaphor for explaining the concept by saying that water doesn’t try to push over rocks in a stream as it goes about its path, it simply flows around them.
I read that part of the book, while laying on a beach in the early morning, half distracted because I was also trying to figure out 5 different “life things” in my head at the same time, and I just had that moment of “Well, shit. That’s a new concept I could probably use in my life.” It’s completely obvious in hindsight, but having grown up stubborn, strong-willed, and often analytical to the point of either destruction or inaction, this was news to me.
This was about 3 weeks ago. I’ve applied the shit out of it since then (after a minor ((read: major)) hiccup that I had to analyze into destruction) and it’s been really quite nice. I have tried to shove nearly everything in my life into nice, neat boxes. I have tried to put aspects of my life on planned-out trajectories that are often completely arbitrary but “I MUST know where I’m going! How will I ever get to XYZ if I don’t know where/what/who that is??” None of this has worked for me.
This Wu Wei concept in life is fantastic. I now am keeping an open mind about EVERYTHING. I actually had a titanic self-discovery yesterday that I’ll be writing about next (read: I use “titanic” because it’s actually not fun or good and involves a lot of bad acting on my part).
I’m writing now because I want to announce that as of today, the direction of this blog is in fact, directionless! From here on out, I’m going to treat it like it’s just my medium to tell anyone on the internets that life is weird and this is how it plays out on MY adventure. There might be business-y things, or mental health discussions, or postings of my own personal failures – who knows?? I don’t, yet! I realized that there already are TONS of blogs on how to do business-y life things successfully. Or stuff about this or that. You know what’s NOT already on the internets??? MY take on life as I stumble through it, one adventure at a time.
There you have it, Jessie Does Life through Tao. I hope you stick around!