Tao Te Ching Day 44: A Need For Stillness

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At the juncture between exhaustion and unending stress we can find a place that I like to call, “who the hell cares.” In this place we get out of the worry game and move instead to the place of let’s see what happens.

I read the headlines to only two headlines in the past 4 months.

One Said- “Gas shortage as a pipeline closes due to hackers.”

And the other was about people dying in rapid numbers from not getting the vaccine, according to projections.

Now I’m no propagandist but if you are not afraid of the future something is wrong with you. I intentionally avoid the news for this reason, but all it took was two headlines to make me feel like the end was nigh.

I want to bring peace not violence, contentment not fear. So here is what I have to say.

There is always a shortage when you feel like you need something beyond what you have.

There is always death, when the life in your body is controlled by someone else.

There is never freedom when fear is our main driver.

“Movement overcomes cold,

Stillness overcomes heat.”

TTC (Lin) 45

In fear we rush around creating more heat and exhaustion in an attempt to solve the problem all of our motion created.

In Stillness the fire of insanity and fear cools and we can again come back to center.

There will always be those that prosper off the fear and anxiety of others but remember that you alone are in control. You alone have the ability to find the Stillness that reconnects you to the source of all things.

“Knowing contentment avoids disgrace.

Knowing when to stop avoids danger.

Thus one can endure indefinitely.

TTC 44 (Lin)

We are only in danger if we run head long into the storm created by the mass hysteria of contrived fear.

This insanity that says, “Oh my God what will I do if there is no gas? What will I do if I can’t get a vaccine?

You will stay home, go for a walk, sleep more, enjoy those literally close to you and give up the love of excess playing on the fringe of our own life.

Come back to the heart, it’s all right here.

We do not have to spin out of control, we have a choice to be still. Be still my friends and see that the fear being pushed on all of us does not really do anything if we don’t let it.

Happy Day.


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.

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