Tao Te Ching – Chapter 51
The Tao expresses itself
in each and every being.
Its very presence nurtures us.
We are shaped and perfected by it in the living of our lives.
Therefore each and every being honors the Tao
and delights in its presence,
not because they are commanded,
but because it is their very nature.
We are expressions of the Tao.
Its presence sustains us,
and returns us to our origin.
The Tao gives us life
but does not claim to own us.
It is ever acting on our behalf
but expects nothing in return.
It is our true guide
but does not control us.
What a burden is lifted each time I am reminded that the Tao does not demand anything of me. I may make demands upon myself for compassionate action and for increasing awareness and serenity. I may have expectations and goals; but the Tao sustains me in each breath from birth to death without asking for worship or obedience. Aligning myself with the flow of Tao is helpful to me and brings me more natural contentment, but the Tao doesn’t even demand that. It ever offers guidance if I can listen – and it never stops offering that guidance even if I never listen. I do not have to please it. This seems like the perfect example of Grace.
I have quite a few complicated tasks and meetings with repair people today. I am unsure of what I am doing. I take a deep breath and smile – the Tao does not need me to, “do it right.”