Tao Te Ching Day 26: Simplicity II

I started out my day with what felt like a thousand different options on how to proceed. It is like that alot, the blessing and the curse of the time we live in is that there is an infinite abundance of options and opportunities to be and do what ever we want.

The amazing gift of this time we live in now is that no matter who you are you have the chance to live your dreams, assuming ofcourse you know what your dreams are. 

“Act without action, manage without meddling.

Taste without tasting.

Great, small, many, few.

Respond to hatred with virtue.”

TTC 63 (Lin)

I felt what was being said in this chapter today, I didn’t just know it, I felt it. It came to me because of how crazy I was feeling having all the options in the world to do whatever I’d like.

When we have an unlimited number of options we have to take action to act. 

When I finally decided to let go of all the different things I could do and which one was the best option, I saw that every option was the right option, and there was no difference between good, better, best. I was creating separation and war in my self from my own value system that was designed to keep me separated from source.

Coming to this understanding I knew all I had to do was decide and Simply embody what ever I chose to do.  I just had to be present in what ever it was. 

Life is really this simple.

Plan difficult tasks through the simplest tasks.

Achieve large tasks through the smallest tasks.

TTC check. 63 (Lin)

This very clearly states how to set clear and efficient goals. Chunk things down to bite size pieces and then take one piece at a time.

When I eliminate the idea that doing one thing or another is better or worse I come to a place that allows life to happen in the present moment and effortless action takes place.

The amazing thing is, if I have a clear understanding of my life and the direction I’d like to go I actually don’t have to worry about the important work getting done.  It will get done because I have already created an intention with in myself that it is important. 

This makes doing anything become an effortless process.

Take the writing of this blog right now.  I am writing this at my son’s baseball game that I had to drive 2 hours to in another state, yet my day was still fulfilled with all the other things I wanted to do and needed to do.

I’m not trying to brag, what I am saying is letting go of the idea that life has to be a complex series of perfect decisions to optimize every moment is completely off base.

Every moment is already completely optimal if we exist in it with our full attention (you’re probably thinking we’ll pay full attention to your son’s game. To which I say they haven’t started yet). Our full attention and presence is all that is required to live an amazing life.

“The difficult task of the world

Must be handled through the simplest tasks…

Therfore, sages never attempt great deeds all through life.

Thus they can achieve greatness.

TTC chp. 63 (Lin)

When I realize all things will work out in their own way and that which I have prioritized will come to completion with out a great effort. The fact that all of life can happen in this simple way by following simple principles.

These principles are.

Take little steps

Let go



Be present.

You are right where you need to be.

Because you are the only place you will ever be, right within yourself.


Published by Matthew Whiteside

I am a writer, a storyteller, a yarn-spinning freakazoid. My life is full of two things today, lessons and blessings. I write fiction mostly but I also love to write about my life and the things I go through on a daily basis. Writing it out inspires and motivates me and that's why I do it. Plus if it does that for me maybe it will for someone else too.

2 thoughts on “Tao Te Ching Day 26: Simplicity II

  1. I loved this statement “Every moment is already completely optimal if we exist in it with our full attention” because every moment is an opportunity to make a choice and its those small choices that can turn a tough day into a fulfilling one.

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