Today's reading is from chapter 72 of Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching from the translation of Gia fu Feng and Jane English:
When people lack a sense of awe, there will be disaster. Do not intrude into their homes. Do not harass them at work. If you do not interfere, they will not weary of you. Therefore, the wise know themselves but make no show. Have self respect but are not arrogant. They let go of this and choose that.
The wise have self respect but are not arrogant. I've noticed that people tend to gravitate towards one of those of those extremes. Either they tend towards self-importance, or they respect themselves so little that they let others walk all over them. Maybe instead, we can learn to trust ourselves to do the important work, and then follow through on doing it because we're the type of people that keep the promises we make even to ourselves. I think if more people were focused on personal accountability, they'd be less worried about other's opinions in either extreme. And maybe, if we trusted ourselves to do the work we know is important, it would become easier to notice when there is nothing to do but watch and enjoy.
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Today's quote comes from the german poet Ranier Maria Rilke
“Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final
― Rainer Maria Rilke