wait for water to clear


Like muddy water with mystery below the surface.

Can you wait until the mud settles and the way becomes clear?

Can you be patient enough to hold off acting until you are ready?*

~ Lao Tzu


Let us all listen out for that right time and trust it will appear.


*Braun Jr., John; Tzu, Lao; von Bargen, Julian; Warkentin, David (2012-12-02). Tao Te Ching (Kindle Locations 262-264). . Kindle Edition.

About Val Boyko

Val Boyko is originally from Scotland and came to the United States over 25 years ago. At "Find Your Middle Ground" Val brings together her experience as a life coach, yoga teacher and mentor, to inspire awakening to the light and inspiration within us all. This blog is a place of exploration and discovery as we all explore finding harmony and peace, in the highs and lows of life 💛

22 comments on “* Tao Wisdom ☯ – Patience

  1. This was one of the quotes Joe asked me to print so he could hang it on his wall. Today he would have been 65. Such a loss.

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  2. This is so wise, yet the turbulence is what can draw you in.

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  3. The pathway to clarity is how I read this. Once again, profoundly wise advice. Too many years ago for me to remember who it was that used the phrase that echoes this ancient saying. But the phrase has never left me. About giving something “a coating or two of thought”.

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  4. Wise words. It takes most of us a lifetime to understand. 💕

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  5. This is great advice . . . especially for procrastinators. 😉

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  6. With patience in stillness the mud always clears. Lovely Val 🙏🏻

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  7. I am not always patient. I want to fix things now, act now and know what will happen. But I do try to be patient – thanks for the reminder to wait for clear water.

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  8. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature

    Wonderful wisdom. Thank you.

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  9. Wonderful wisdom, Val! Very timely for me now too, have been impatient about something lately. Thanks ❤

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  10. Hmmm. The way I see this is the muddy water says, “not just yet, let me put a little more into play first”. The the water gets clear. 🙂

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  11. Patience is my lesson in life, getting there slowly, waiting patiently for patience to be a natural occurrence for me Val.

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    • I agree Kath. It takes practice to find our way into this natural state of being. And acknowledging that trying to control everything is not the natural way after all! ❤️


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