Saturday, October 17, 2009

All we have is NOW!

All we have is NOW!

I have been in Austin for the past few days and the break from the Dallas hustle has really inspired me. I love this place, with nature so close (Colorado river, Barton Springs etc) and the heavy flow of healthy activity it’s extremely enticing! I admit, I have been a little behind on the blog post, but I know things will happen in due time. Speaking of which, my daily reading really inspired me to share. In this 64th verse of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu lets us know that life is all about NOW! We get so caught up in past and future that we forget it’s the smaller moments that make up the big picture. Not only is it healthy for our getting things accomplished, but it’s also healthy in the realization that we have the next opportunity to be better than we were before.

64th Verse

What is at rest is easily managed.
What is not yet manifest is easy to prevent.
The brittle is easily shattered;
The small is easily scattered.

Act before things exist;
Manage them before there is disorder.
A tree that fills a man’s embrace grows from a seedling.
A tower nine stories high starts with one brick.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Act and destroy it;
Grasp it and lose it.
The sage does not act, and so is not defeated.
He does not grasp and therefore does not lose.
People usually fail when they are on the verge of success.
So give as much care at the end as at the beginning,
Then there will be no failure.

The sage does not treasure what is difficult to attain.
He does not collect precious things;
He learns not to hold onto ideas.
He helps the 10,000 things find their own nature
But does not venture to lead them by the nose.

-Lao Tzu

The journey is YOURS my friend! Live life, YOUR life!


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