How Little We Understand

The Master has no mind of her own.
She works with the mind of the people.

She is good to people who are good.
She is also good to people who aren’t good.
This is true goodness.

She trusts people who are trustworthy.
She also trusts people who aren’t trustworthy.
This is true trust.

The Master’s mind is like space.
People don’t understand her.
They look to her and wait.
She treats them like her own children.

-Lao Tzu-
(Tao Te Ching, chapter 49, translation by Stephen Mitchell)

How Little We Understand

How little we understand! And, why is that? Because our minds are already made up. There is so much we can learn from those who have mastered the art of living in harmony with the Tao. Let’s look to them, and wait. Don’t be impatient. Wait for understanding.

They have no mind of their own. Their minds aren’t already made up. Thus, they are able to work with all things, whatever their circumstances. They can work with all people, however their minds may be.

They are able to show us what true goodness is, by being good to both those who are good, and those who are not good. They are able to show us what true trust is, by trusting both those who are trustworthy, and those who are not trustworthy.

Can we, too, empty our own minds, until they are like space. To be like children, filled with wonder, with awe. How little we understand, now. But, wait for it.

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