Hold a sparrow in your hand before it becomes tame
Nurture your garden before the weeds run amok
Taste fresh berries before they are picked
Act without action and the future can be foreseen
Foreseeing the future you can know the result of labors
You can know the care to give to the project
You can understand the value of the work
Approach labor that is easy to fulfill
Not when problems of dis-ease must be dealt with
Take care to sense surroundings without bragging
Gains are lost before the beginning
Never place value on things hard to get
Never place getting on things of no value
Know the difference
By understanding the value of the work at hand, you can easily approach your goal as you approached the beginning because you have seen the desired result in your mind. Once you have done that, you can easily proceed, making changes in your consciousness as you go along. You can watch in amazement as the Universe unfolds before you producing exactly that which you desire.
Work should not be labor, though your job should be effortless in maintaining perfection of thought. Do not dare to will the final result. Such action will interfere with the perfect expression of the Ideal, although it will still be exactly as you wish. The results will be shoddy and of poor quality. Even if it produces wealth, you will still be thought of in a dark fashion by those upon whom you have imposed your will through your sloth of mind. Do the work and let the goals appear as their own result.
All of your desires are easy for Heaven to fulfill. Never desire that which cannot be readily understood by your own mind. When an idea is revealed to you, it should be kept to yourself so as to keep meddlers out of your mind.
Excerpt from The Living Tao – Meditations on the Tao Te Ching to Empower Your Life
© Stephen F Kaufman
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