A Year of the Tao – Day Six

“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)  

Take it easy...


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.  



About Karen Nicholson

“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” ~ John Milton Writing about these moments of awe has been a driving force of my life for, well, as long as I can remember. Coupled with a devotion to sunrises and sunsets that defies explanation, a combination of the two seemed like the right thing to do. I welcome you to my world. May it be a blessing to yours.
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2 Responses to A Year of the Tao – Day Six

  1. Bob Trost says:

    Good post! I teach without words using my innate talents of interpretive dance!

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