One day, a ten-year-old boy went to an ice cream shop, sat at a table and asked the waitress, “How much is an ice-cream cone?” She said, “seventy-five cents.” The boy started counting the coins he had in his hand. Then he asked how much a small cup of ice-cream was. The waitress impatiently replied, “sixty five cents.” The boy said, “I will have the small ice-cream cup.” He had his ice-cream, paid the bill and left. When the waitress came to pick up the empty plate, she was touched. Underneath were ten onecent coins as tip. The little boy had consideration for the waitress before he ordered his ice-crearn. He showed sensitivity and caring. He thought of others before himself.
Lao-Tzu prized three essential qualities for a person of greatness: “the first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.”
Learn the power of breathing and its relationship with your energy source.
The mind is intimately connected with your breathing.
For example, when the mind is agitated, your breathing becomes quick and shallow.
When you are relaxed and focused, your breathing is deep and calm.
By practicing deep, abdominal breathing, you will develop a calm, serene
demeanor that will remain cool in the hottest of circumstances.
Remember the rule of the Eastern mountain men: “to breathe properly is
to live properly.”