Tao - Two
When people see things as beautiful,
ugliness is created.
When people see things as good,
evil is created.
Being and non-being produce each other.
Difficult and easy complement each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low oppose each other.
Fore and aft follow each other.
Therefore the Master
can act without doing anything
and teach without saying a word.
Things come her way and she does not stop them;
things leave and she lets them go.
She has without possessing,
and acts without any expectations.
When her work is done, she takes no credit.
That is why it will last forever.
The past few weeks have been a bit of a struggle for me personally. It's been a time of great peace, light and enjoyment, as well as a time of darkness greater than I've ever felt in my life. But I feel now like I'm back again on solid ground, and ready to move forward. I am not a perfect man. I take responsibility for my actions. I apologize to those I've hurt along the way. I know I have the capacity to live better and I'm dedicating myself to that purpose.
This world is made up of opposites. Experiencing these opposites is necessary for our understanding and growth. The Tao does its work through us. We need to let go, relax and not interfere. Reserve judgement, do not create additional, artificial opposites. Accept your current situation, listen quietly. Be confident in your path. Act as the Master acts, without expectations, without seeking glory, and your works too will last forever.