February 28th, 2015

Three Readings Of Chapter 49 Of The Tao Te Ching - Daily Tao - February 28th, 2015

The sage has no mind of his own.
He is aware of the needs of others.

I am good to people who are good.
I am also good to people who are not good.
Because Virtue is goodness.
I have faith in people who are faithful.
I also have faith in people who are not faithful.
Because Virtue is faithfulness.

The sage is shy and humble - to the world he seems confusing.
Others look to him and listen.
He behaves like a little child.
The Masters
don't make up their minds.
They turn their thoughts
to other people.

They are good to good people,
and they're good to bad people.
This is real goodness.

They have faith in the faithful,
and they have faith in the unfaithful.
This is real faith.

A Master throws himself
into the world completely,
forgetting everything he's been told.
People pay attention to him
because he lives a life of child-like wonder.

The first version is from the Fortune files. The second version is the Beatrice Tao.

The sages have no constant mind
They take the mind of the people as their mind
Those who are good, I am good to them
Those who are not good, I am also good to them
Thus the virtue of goodness
Those who believe, I believe them
Those who do not believe, I also believe them
Thus the virtue of belief
The sages live in the world
They cautiously merge their mind for the world
The people all pay attention with their ears and eyes
The sages care for them as children.

Derek Lin's version

Daily Tao - February 28th, 2015

Hospital, Day 21

Yesterday i awoke coughing and dog tired and worrying that i might have something contagious so i decided not to go to the hospital.  Today i felt much better, though i tire easily.
Dianne walked for her physical therapists, i would not say she strode, but her feet moved off the floor and she put one foot in front of the other, clear in front of the other!  One more day and she comes home.  Wish us good luck and careful attention.

Through the Looking Glass : NPR Animal Wisdom

I probably stayed with him like that, with my head on his shoulder, for 30 minutes or so. I think it was probably the first time I was genuinely comforted by another person. Congo really set the standard for what social interactions should be like between me and another living being. You just can't worry about looking like a fool. You can't worry about getting hurt. You can't worry about whether you're right or not. It just boils down to wanting to be connected at all costs, at all risks. I no longer wanted to allow the permeability of my spirit to seek smaller and smaller shelters. It requires a completely open heart. I felt like I found a way to go home through the glass. -- Dawn Prince-Hughes

Through the Looking Glass : NPR