A Year of the Tao – Day 26

“Through selfless action, fulfillment is attained.”

(From A New Way of Thinking, A New Way of Being Experiencing the Tao Te Ching)

It had been several days since I’d heard from a friend who had been sick for a couple weeks and with whom I had shared the news of the loss of a beloved pet also with no response.  Finally frustration won the day and I left a voicemail stating that I didn’t know whether to be worried or pissed.  As I drove my smug self to a meeting at church (!), I was witness to the amazing sunrise that this photo does not even begin to capture in its magnificence.

In much the same way as that wonderful character actor with the gravely voice said at the sight of the inferno from the alien attack in the film, Independence Day, I could hear my silly little ego say, “Oh, crap.”  As soon as I got to the parking lot, I shot this photo and immediately sent it with an apology to my erstwhile friend.

Why do I ever think that sending negative energy into another person’s life is going to improve that person’s life or mine?  It is only by setting my ego aside like a petulant two-year old in the midst of a tantrum that I can take a deep breath and recognize, realize and reverence the presence of God in every situation.  Then I can, like the famous prayer of St. Francis, take the selfless actions that make me an instrument of thy peace.

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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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One Response to A Year of the Tao – Day 26

  1. Bob Trost says:

    Sending the negative easy to do when you feel slighted or ignored by someone you care about. Glad you recognized the “reset” button sent to you via the sunset

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