I wanted to feature one of Michael’s favorite authors for his library, Dr. Wayne Dyer. Dr. Dyer has many great books out there. I decided to choose one his more recent works, “Change You Thoughts – Change Your Life, Living the Wisdom of the Tao.”
The “Tao” in the title is an ancient Chinese text called the “Tao Te Ching” or the “Great Way.” It is comprised of 81 verses which are attributed to a profit, Lao-tzu and written over 2,500 years ago.
In “Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life,” a chapter is devoted to each verse. The translated verse is presented then Dr. Dyer gives his interpretation of each verse and how he thinks Lao-tzu would want us to apply the teachings today. The verses are mostly simple life lessons that in our hectic 21st century living we sometimes forget.
I like this book because you can pick it up and get a quick piece of inspiration when you need it. I infact like to think of a number between one and eighty-one. The number that pops in my head is the one I should read. Seventeen just did, so lets take a look.
Verse 17 is “Living as an Enlightened Leader.” Here is an excerpt from the verse:
The great leader speaks little.
He never speaks carelessly.
He works without self-interest and leaves no trace.
When all is finished, the people say, “We did it ourselves.”
Wow! What a great verse for Michael Chase! If you want to see an Enlightened Leader in action check out his video of Michael in action with kids.
“Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life” is filled with these bits of wisdom that make you think. The end of each chapter has “Do the Tao Now,” where Dr. Dyer gives you ideas to apply the wisdom. You know how I love actionable steps!
I’ll leave with probably the most recognized quote from the Tao, and one of my favorites. Verse 64:
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Start walking . . .