the world is a vessel for spirit

snow crows


If you try

to grab hold of the

world and do what you want

with it, you won’t



The world

is a vessel for spirit,

and it wasn’t made to be manipulated.

Tamper with it and you’ll spoil it.

Hold it, and you’ll

lose it.


With tao,

sometimes you move ahead

and sometimes you stay back; sometimes

you work hard and sometimes you rest; sometimes

you’re strong and sometimes you’re weak;

sometimes you’re up; sometimes

you’re down.


The sage

remains alert, avoiding

extremes, avoiding extravagance,

avoiding excess.


from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 29


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