It is said that Lao Tzu rode through Hangu pass on a green bull. When he left five thousand words of Tao Te Ching for the Fu Yin in the Hangu yamen, an old man over 100 years old with a young face and a white hair swayed to the Yamen to look for him. Lao Tzu met Lao Tzu in front of the Yamen.
The old man gave me a little gift and said, "I heard that Mr. Wang is knowledgeable and talented. I'd like to ask you for advice."
The old man said with pride, "I am 106 years old this year. To be honest, I've been idling around since I was young. People of my age have died one after another. They have cultivated a hundred mu of fertile land, built the great wall without enjoying its splendid roof, built four houses, but they live in solitary graves on the outskirts of the wilderness. As for me, though I have no grain in my life, I still eat grain; Although there were no bricks and tiles, they still lived in the shelter. Sir, can I laugh at their busy working life now, just to give myself a premature death? "
Lao Tzu said with a smile, "please find a brick and a stone."
Laozi put bricks and stones in front of Laozi and said, "if you can only choose one, fairy, do you want bricks or are you willing to take stones?"
The old man proudly took the brick and put it in front of him, saying, "of course I choose the brick."
Laozi asked the old man with a smile: "why?"
The old man pointed to the stone and said, "this stone has no edge and no horn. What's the use of it? But bricks are useful. "
Lao Tzu called the onlookers and asked, "do you want stones or bricks?" They all said they wanted bricks instead of stones.
Lao Tzu turned back and asked the old man, "do stones live long, or do bricks live long“ The old man said, "of course it's stone."
Lao Tzu said with a relieved smile: "stone has a long life, but people don't choose it. Brick has a short life, but people choose it. It's just useful and useless. All things in the world are like this. Although life is short, it is beneficial to man and nature. Both man and nature choose it and think about it; Although life is long, it is useless for people and heaven. Both heaven and man abandon it. If you forget it, it is short. "
The old man was ashamed.
People living must have pursuit, if there is no pursuit, no ideal, no goal, will lose themselves, will live very empty confused, do not know what to live for. We have to know exactly what we want. Only when we realize our ideals and fulfill our mission, will our life be meaningful. To be a person with self-cultivation and taste, to live a free and easy life, to face difficulties and challenges all the time, and to dare to face the waves of life is the real strength.