The Tao of Willie is one of my all time favorite reads. It is a whole bunch of wisdom from a very interesting vantage point. Most of you know Willie as the media portrays him: pot smoking country music outlaw. While this may or may not be true and you may or may not agree with his life choices, just like the rest of us, Willie has many facets that make him a unique individual and his guide to happiness is a must read for everyone.

I have read and loved the Tao Te Ching for years and years. As far as wisdom goes, it’s the best of the best. It covers the art of living in the most simplistic way.

In eighty-one brief chapters, the Tao Te Ching looks at the basic predicament of being alive and gives advice that imparts balance and perspective, a serene and generous spirit. This book is about wisdom in action.

Willie’s book has this same take on it but in a humorous all american way. He talks about regret, love, marriage, divorce, child rearing, being on the road, and growing up in Texas. Here is one of my favorite snippets from the book:

 In marriage and elsewhere, there’s an easy way to avoid regret:

Keep your words sweet. You may have to eat them.

Regret is a funny thing. When allowed to rise, it occupies time that might be devoted to something constructive. When left alone, it lurks in the corner just waiting to be fed. I’m not going to pretend for a moment that I haven’t screwed things up plenty in my life. But the older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve come to believe in my own songs:

I know just what I’d change

If I went back in time somehow

But there’s nothing I can do about it now.

They say that whether you’re extracting wisdom or wisdom teeth, you have to pull hard and it may hurt down deep. Understanding regret has been one of the hardest lessons there is.

I used to blame myself for things that had gone wrong in my life, but eventually I had to set myself free of what might have been. Eventually I realized that I was the only one who could set me free.

I am the only person who can set myself free from what might have been. 

The Willie Way – Nothing I Can Do About It Now

So, if you are looking for a little inspiration or guidance to your happy place, pick up this book and enjoy.  This would make a great summer read!

Why don’t we all spend a little time thinking about how we can release ourselves and let go of regrets or what might have beens. Life keeps moving forward so you might want to get out of the past and move forward with it. Forgive – Love – Release! Holding on to these things only makes you a prisoner of the past.