anything life happens to bring

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The mark of a moderate man
is freedom from his own ideas.
Tolerant like the sky,
all-pervading like sunlight,
firm like a mountain,
supple like a tree in the wind,
he has no destination in view
and makes use of anything
life happens to bring his way.

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, 59, translated Stephen Mitchell

 

When I read this poem for the first time on Karl Duffy’s Mindfulbalance blog, it spoke to me.  I’ve spent a lot of time over the past year wondering “what’s next” and thinking I needed to have some grand plan or clear map. Oh, the stories that were playing in my mind about what life is supposed to be like and how I am supposed to be engaging with it! What I am finding is that if I am present for the life that shows up in front of me, the path naturally unfolds and I move in directions far more magical than I could have imagined.

 

* I took this photo in San Agustinillo, Mexico at sunset.