Monday, October 18, 2021

Not Stiff or Brat

A L O H A From Honolulu!

Be like a palm tree by
the ocean that endures
the greatest winds
because it knows how
to gracefully bend.
Stephen Kendrick


"The Taoist model
spiritual life
after a plant.
A living plant is
tender and pliant,
while a dead plant is
stiff and hard;

One who is with the Tao is
also tender and pliant,
while one who departs from
the Tao is stiff and hard.
The plant kingdom
is a quiet kingdom
that sleeps in beauty;

Taoist quietude is the spiritual
condition for regeneration.
A plant grows at its own pace.
The Taoist allows events to
unfold according to their
inner rhythms; (s)he acts by
non-action (wu-wei), which
is acting with, not against,
the inner rhythms of things.
A plant is always
renewing itself;
the Taoist celebrates
perpetual childhood."
-  Ellen M. Chen, 
The Tao Te Ching:
A New Translation
with Commentary, 1989

What does it mean if someone is a stiff?
When a person is stiff, they are
artificial and unrelaxed — 
unless they're "scared stiff"
or "bored stiff."
A regular guy is
a working stiff.
Another colloquial meaning of stiff is
"to underpay, or to cheat.”
Also, a stiff drink has a lot of alcohol.
A dead body is sometimes
called a stiff, but it's rude.
stiff - Dictionary Definition :

The most sophisticated
people I know -
inside they are
all children. Jim Henson

Love You,
      Pixie & Cloudia


Teresa said...

Cool post! Pixie is definitely not a stiff, and neither is our beloved Cloudia!

Elephant's Child said...

I try not to be a stiff. Or to stiff anyone.

William Kendall said...

Pixie looks like she's in a suspicious mood.

John A Hill said...

The Tao and nature are worthy of study.
Your pics do a marvelous job of reminding me of this.
Many blessings to you this day!

Sandee said...

I love them all and I love Pixie. Just so you know I'm a child inside.

Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. ♥

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Reads of Tao today, Cloudia. Nice quotes. Of course, I absolutely LOVE that mural. I don't see it as a stiff, but as running for its like to fix the problem. Love it all today, as I always do Pixie.

Mike said...

Is that a plumbing company logo? If it is, I couldn't find it.

RedPat said...

My back is tired from bending! ;-)

Mike Golch said...

good post my Awww Monday Post is finally posted,I was in a blue funk today.

Sami said...

Cute mural Cloudia.
Thanks for participating in Monday Murals.

Tamar SB said...

Such pretty shots!

NCSue said...

Thahbnks you for sharing at!

Jenn Jilks said...

Those trees are amazing!