Tao Te Ching – Chapter 60
We take care of our most important affairs
in the same way we fry a small fish.
We don’t force the issue.
We don’t hurry the process.
Our conditioned thoughts
of worry and doubt
have lost their power.
We still notice them arising
but they no longer run our lives.
Because we walk along this path,
that which used to make us suffer
has been transformed
Nancy and I are in the midst of work that seems difficult and confusing – trying to get a rustic cabin ready for the winter; living between the motor home and the cabin; trying to accommodate the needs of my older sister who owns the cabin and visits once or twice a year – all the while attempting to act with integrity and honesty about our own unfolding path.
It is helpful to contemplate this chapter this morning. All the issues, tasks, and family dynamics that seem so momentous are simply things that unfold naturally if I stop trying to force solutions. Trying to hurry things along or force what I think is best leads only to suffering. I am going to just see how things unfold today. I’m going to listen carefully, let go of urgency, notice my feelings but not be controlled by them, and watch how things naturally fall into place.