A Year of the Tao – Day 42

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“Wasting energy to obtain rare objects only impedes one’s growth.”

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

 “We get caught in a hectic maze. Rising when the clock determines. Battered by news headlines that seem remote and beyond our reach. Jangled by all the mechanical operations that launch us into activity and productivity. Tested by traffic, forced to calculate time and distance to the second. Elevators and phones and gadgets guide us through necessary interactions and keep human interactions superficial and at a minimum. Our concentration is interspersed by meetings and small crises. At the end of the day we rewind ourselves: traffic, automation, headlines, until we set that alarm ticking and timing. Little room for responding humanly and humanely to the day’s events; little time to enter into the wisdom and freshness and the promise of its opportunities. We feel our lives closing in, confining, and conforming us.”

~Brennan Manning, Ragamuffin Gospel

In the film, Groundhog Day, Bill Murray’s character is given the fantastical opportunity to relive the same day over and over again.  With comedic and tragic trial and error he eventually gets it “right” as he works his way out of the hectic maze of his life as described by the above quote.  Be the lead actor in your own movie today and make it the best day ever.

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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 42

  1. Bob Trost says:

    Trying to be better every day and trying to be a better person every day makes the friction of the day a worthy opponent. I think I have outscored my opponent so far, but I cannot rest on my advantage!

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