A Year of the Tao – Day 39

“Shape clay into a vessel; it is the space within that makes it useful.  Carve fine doors and windows, but the room is useful in its emptiness.”

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


Emptiness is necessary for usefulness.  This page in Microsoft word must be blank in order to be filled with words, thoughts, ideas and any peace, love and joy that they may bring.  The blog page is empty waiting to be filled with the same.

My mind must be empty of my own thoughts if I am to direct them towards the thoughts of this ancient wisdom and my emotions must be empty of ego which would prevent me (and often succeeds) from attempting to share anything about these verses.

My hands must be empty to be filled with the blessings of life to be emptied again as I seek to give it all away.


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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3 Responses to A Year of the Tao – Day 39

  1. Bob Trost says:

    This is so related to Obi-wan Ben Kenobi’s guidance to Luke on “using the force”. It is this ability to purge your mind and let life fill the vaccuum that gives us our greatest abilities.

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