Tao Te Ching Day 58: Perfect Now

Each moment strung up, like shoes on a power line,

Hanging with innoncent composure

Dust filled gusts, sway the line.

Now is all we have,

In all we need we spare a dime

To the Innocent one’s hung up on time

Given no thought no passing mind

Are we more than shoes tied forever to a power line?

I have been debating my existence for quite a while now. Constantly in question over whether who I am, what I am doing, is all for the true purpose of my life.

Being in constant debate with oneself can lead to many neurotic tendencies in one’s life. “Is this the highest good? Should I do this instead of that? Is what I am doing now, going to put me in a better position in the future?”

Constantly questioning, means that I am never truly at peace with myself in the moment. I never truly trust that what I am doing is the Perfect thing to be doing.

And there is the operative word, Perfect. Because I somehow still exist in a world where being perfect is possible. This is one of my oldest and most difficult programs to unravel and rewrite. It keeps showing itself in my life over and over again. All I can think to do is call it out as the lie that it is.

I am not perfect, nor will I ever make the ideal choices, leading to the perfect life. It just won’t happen. What will happen is that I will live with Perfect forgiveness and Love at this moment, allowing it to be whatever the hell it wants to be.

How can I forgive and love perfectly, easily? I do this, by letting go of whatever is happening at this moment and accepting it as precisely what it is supposed to be, and trusting that it could be no other way. I say it is easy jokingly, but I know that it is possible.

I am not a fortune teller, so I can not predict future outcomes. I can only control me in the here and now, and to get to the here, and now I have to accept it, warts and all, as it is.

Lucky for me Lao Tzu comes through again, with wisdom on how to reach such a state of acceptance in chapter 28

Know the masculine, hold to the feminine

Be the watercourse of the world

Being the watercourse of the world

The eternal virtue does not depart

Return to the state of the infant

Know the white, hold to the black

Be the standard of the world

Being the standard of the world

The eternal virtue does not deviate

Return to the state of the boundless

Know the honor, hold to the humility

Be the valley of the world

Being the valley of the world

The eternal virtue shall be sufficient

Return to the state of plain wood

Plain wood splits, then becomes tools

The sages utilize them

And then become leaders

Thus the greater whole is undivided

TTC 28 (Lin)

Lao Tzu sets out a few ways to bring ourselves to this space of accepting the Now.

1. Holding to the Feminine means holding to being receptive to what the world is doing, being open. The masculine is assertive, the feminine receptive

2. Return to the state of an infant- an infant is unknowing of any outcomes. They exist in the present, acting without contrived intent. Knowing the white means understand the fixed reality but hold to the black, which is an eternal reality, an infinite creative space.

3. Returning to the state of plain wood means dropping who we think we are and the usefulness we believe we hold and allowing a new type of usefulness to arise in us.

So to recap-

  • Be open and receptive
  • Let go of outcomes and what you think you know.
  • Be willing to be transformed.

See, super simple, haha.

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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