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ANYTHING IS EVERYTHING

What is meant by “anything is everything”? It may have different meanings and different interpretations to different individuals.

First of all, human perceptions are subjective and individualized: they are affected not only by the five senses, but also by the unique experiences of an individual, as well as by the indelible memories of those experiences retained in the mind of that individual. Therefore, what is important to you may not be as important to others, and vice-versa. For this reason, anything could be everything to you, but not to others.


An illustration

Near the end of 2016, a road rage occurred in Arkansas that ended in the tragic death of a 3-year-old child. 

A woman, with her 3-year-old grandson sitting at the back of her car, stopped at a stop sign. A man in the car right behind honked her for not starting her car immediately, but the woman honked back; thus the road rage began with the man firing a gun shot at the back of the woman’s car.

Stopping too long at a stop sign, or wanting to get to a place on time might be everything to the man. Having the right to remain where she was might also be everything to the woman, so she naturally honked back.  

Unfortunately, that anything-is-everything incident ended in tragedy-the death of the woman’s three-year-old grandson being shot dead while sitting at the back of her car.

In real life, anything could be everything to real people-it all depends on their respective perspectives of anything is everything.

Another illustration

In 2012, a Chinese couple from Hong Kong filed a lawsuit against an education consultant in the United States for $2 million dollars, who promised that he could-but ultimately did not-get their two sons into Harvard University. 

The couple had used “improper” but maybe still perfectly “legal” means to get their two sons into Harvard University.

Getting into an elite college or university may be everything to many students, including their parents. Some might even resort to doing anything in order to achieve that goal, which is everything to them.

What is your take on “anything is everything”? Are they really that important to you? The miracle of living is to let go of anything, because everything does not last. The wisdom is that nothingness is in fact the way to everything, and that is enlightenment of the human mind to live as if everything is a miracle.

Stephen Lau
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THE TAO OF LIVING IN THE NOW

Life is a natural cycle -- life is followed by death, just as day followed by night. Nothing lasts. Learn to let go.

Lao Tzu: “Live in the NOW.” The past was gone, the future is yet to come; only the present is real. It’s a gift; that’s why it is “present.”

If happiness is to be found in things that are outside, instead of inside, yourself, you may have easily become unhappy and depressed.


Albert Einstein: “Thinking is difficult; that is why so few people do it.” To become wiser, you must do your thinking, and do it often.

Tao Wisdom:

”That which shrinks
Must first expand.
That which fails,
Must first be strong."
Everything follows a natural cycle, so accept and embrace.

Spontaneity is the essence of the natural life cycle. What goes up must eventually come down; life begets death.

Intuition of spontaneity is knowing the impermanence of all things: nothing lasts no matter how we strive to keep the impermanent permanent.

Embracing everything is wisdom because it holds the key to enlightenment, which is TAO wisdom.

If Tao wisdom could be summarized in one word, it is the word "humility."

Humility is the enemy of the ego, pride is its friend. Ego is the source of human miseries.

Don't avoid depression, which we all have. The happiness wisdom is to experience it by going through it to become enlightened.

Your ego wants you to become better than others. In the process, it stresses you, making you unhappy.

Stephen Lau
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EVERYTHING IS NOTHING

Buddha’s Perspective of Impermanence

According to Buddha, life is like a river. The water flowing in a river is like a progressive and a successive series of different but unified movements of water, all joining together to create the impression of only one continuous flow of water. Likewise, human existence is moment to moment, with each moment leading to the next. It is also an illusion that the person in this moment is the same person in the next moment; just as the river of yesterday is not quite the same as the river of today. To think otherwise is human illusion.

Even from a scientific point of view, Buddha’s perspective is true. We know that cell divisions take place in each living being continuously: old cells in our bodies die and are continuously replaced by new ones.  Technically speaking, all individuals are constantly subject to change, and the change is a continuous movement, just like the flowing water in a river.

Remember, in life, everything remains only with that very present moment.

Stephen Lau
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NOTHING IS EVERYTHING

The Paradox of Life

“Nothing is everything” is a paradox. In life, there are many paradoxes. The way of paradoxes is the way of attaining the ultimate truths of anything and everything. Knowing and understanding a paradox requires wisdom to see different human perspectives in anything and everything.

Paradoxes may be the way to wisdom, to the miracle of life, and ultimately to enlightenment.

An illustration

Christopher Paul Gardner, an American author, entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist, was very poor and homeless in the early 1980s. Sleeping on the floor of a public toilet, Gardner never dreamt that he would become a multi-millionaire one day. His inspiring life story was made into a hit Hollywood movie: “The Pursuit of Happyness.”

Gardner was brought up with the belief that he could do or be anything that he wanted to do or be. At some point in his life, he was homeless; everything seemed nothing, just emptiness and nothingness, to him. But he was not hopeless. He continued to dream of wealth and success, and his dreams were not mirages. Because of his right doing and right thinking, he made his dreams come true.

Initially, Gardner made his living by selling medical equipment. He did not make enough money to make both ends meet, and his poverty made him homeless for a year.

Then, one day, Gardner met a stockbroker in a red Ferrari, who offered him internship because of his incredible drive and sustained enthusiasm. Thus he began his successful investment career, and he subsequently opened his own investment firm, Gardner Rich & Co.

More than two decades later, after the death of his wife, who challenged him to find his true happiness and fulfilment in the remainder of his life, Gardner made a complete career change. He was suddenly awakened to the notion that his fame, success, and wealth seemed like nothing to him then. His feeling of nothingness transformed him completely: he then became a philanthropist and a motivation speaker traveling around the world, focusing not on his own wealth, but on humanity and the needs of others to pursue their happiness.

According to Gardner, life journey is always a process of lesson learning and forward moving: “People often ask me would I trade anything from my past, and I quickly tell them no, because my past helped to make me into the person I am today.”  Yes, nothingness could be everything to him. Indeed, it was nothingness that had transformed him into everything that he had always dreamt of.

Stephen Lau       

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THE TAO OF PATIENCE AND PERSEVERANCE

When confronted with life crises and challenges, we often tend to focus on ourselves instead of giving the best of ourselves to others. Again, when we are afflicted with a disease or disorder, we focus so much on our recovery that we have lost sight of our patience, which is a  human virtue that can help us through the prognosis of the disease or disorder with persistence.

Patience is a proactive virtue that requires much inner strength to face difficulties encountered in life. According to St. Thomas Aquinas, patience may enable you to bear suffering and sorrow in such a way that you do not become broken by negative thoughts such that you forsake the way of virtue. Patience lets you stay on course with your life, even when you are afflicted with a disease. If you close in on yourself when you experience tragedies, you will not be attentive to the needs of others or other things that may help your recovery. The more you are obsessed with your own problems, the more you are unpleasant to be around, and the more depressed and isolated you may become.

Patience is a virtue that may help you bear sadness in such a way that you do not deviate from the humanitarian course you are on. With patience, you learn also how to persevere.

According to John Quincy Adams,  patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties may disappear and obstacles vanish.

Many years ago when I was diagnosed with
myasthenia gravis, one of the many autoimmune diseases, I not only was patient with my slow recovery (without taking toxic steroid drugs), but also persevered in my self-healing process until all my symptoms had disappeared without the use of pharmaceutical drugs. It was a miracle for me, because according to Western medicine, there is no cure for autoimmune diseases.

The TAO of patience and perseverance shows you how to focus on others instead of allowing your own negative emotions to gnaw at you. The TAO of being wise in life challenges transforms you into a better and happier individual.

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Stephen Lau
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