A Year of the Tao – Day 40

“The usefulness of what is depends on what is not.”

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

(Just as long as I don’t have use depends yet…but it’s good to know that they are an option in case “what is not” happens to be my plumbing…I hope it doesn’t offend if I have fun with this from time to time…the usefulness of sharing my thoughts depends on what is not turning people away from reading them!!)

The usefulness of faith depends on the absence of fear.

The usefulness of love depends on the absence of fear.

The usefulness of life depends on the absence of fear.

Some may argue that doubt, hate, and death are the opposites of faith, love, and life but aren’t each of these rooted in fear?  Do we not doubt because we dread that our faith may be unfounded?  Do we not hate because we are terrified of the vulnerability of love?  Do we not die (spiritually, emotionally, mentally and finally physically) because we are afraid to live?

In any given circumstance I have the choice to respond with either the energies of love or fear.  All human emotions are rooted in either one or the other.  The bible says that the fruit of the spirit is love, which displays itself as joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Love—however expressed—is the spiritual solution to anything I call a “problem” today.

May these thoughts be useful to you .


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 40

  1. Bob Trost says:

    It is in naming the fear that we begin to know it, understand what it does to us and allows us to conquer it. I’m saddened by what I allowed fear to do to me and those I loved until I learned how to name it.

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