Sometimes a passage from the Tao te Ching comes to light at just the right time. With the storms in the Western US and the upcoming change in government, this seems to be a timely share.
Water is unquestionably soft and yielding,
Yet it can carve massive canyons
And sweep away entire cities with ease.
This is because it does not rise up in solid fragility like the structures of humanity,
But flows in low places, fluid and flexible like humanity itself.
There is great strength in what seems weak,
Great instability in what seems strong.
The creation of grand structures implies their inevitable destruction.
Humble, flexible, transitory existence implies true continuity.
In this way, things imply their opposites.
We all know this, because we have seen it.
Somehow, in living our lives, we forget.*
~ Lao Tzu
“Things imply their opposites” yet we make judgments, along with our plans. Are we really ready for the unexpected?
The future has yet to unfold.
Be open. Be ready.
Be ready to be fierce. Be ready to be kind
*Braun Jr., John; Tzu, Lao; von Bargen, Julian; Warkentin, David. Tao Te Ching (Kindle Locations 1028-1041). . Kindle Edition.