“The sage can act without effort and teach without words.” (From A New Way of Thinking, A New Way of Being Experiencing the Tao Te Ching)
My previous vehicle was a sage Santa Fe for which I came up with a clever vanity plate: Sage Fe. Sage for the color and fe for the model name but also sage in the sense of this passage—wise one and fe for the Spanish word meaning faith. And if that weren’t enough, sage is also a spice and FE is also the chemical symbol for iron. Color, model, wisdom, faith, spice and strength all in six letters for an extra ten bucks a year. More than one person regretted ever asking me what my license plate meant!
Interesting that this states that the sage CAN act without effort. This implies a choice—the sage may act with a great deal of effort should he or she so choose. But why? Each of us has a Wise One within us Who constantly whispers to us the easier way. Why would we ever opt to ignore the still small voice? But we do.
Jesus said, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30)
“Pish, tosh,” we reply. “Life is hard.” Is it, or do we make it so?
Not convinced that the sage is in each of us? Whether we know it or not, we all teach without words through actions that speak loud and clear. So be wise in what you say today—especially those who deal with children—which, come to think of it, is all of us because the coming generations are everywhere. And they’re watching.
- Live in Perfect Harmony (lifescript.com)
- Multimedia Opera Production to Debut at Roosevelt University (prweb.com) (Blogger’s note: an opera based on the Tao Te Ching!)