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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Daily Musing - January 17th, 2013 - Acceptance - 驗收 -Yànshōu

Acceptance - 驗收 -Yànshōu

Flood, drought, or desolation-
Inevitability misunderstood 
as heavenly involvement
in earthly affairs.
Scrape out an existence on the dust-swept plains.
When rain finally falls, only to disappear 
through the cracks, do not complain
instead, work with fate.
The world does not hate,
we do.
 
 ~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao

When the fields are barren and you find yourself caught in a drought, do not complain to Heaven. It is useless to curse Fate. Even when Heaven seems to curse us, sending only a light shower when we desire a downpour, we should accept what happens. This is Tao, and for those who follow Tao, acceptance must come naturally.

Our ambitions may carry us in one direction, but Tao will decide otherwise. We have plans for the future, but Tao bends time to its will. Do not be the individual who cries out in anger and frustration; instead, be the one who remains silent and prepares accordingly.


Do not mistake acceptance for fatalism. It does not mean complete capitulation to otherworldly predestination. Those who follow Tao should not believe in being helpless. Tao instructs us to act within the framework of circumstance. Plan for droughts, by storing water to be available in emergencies. A follower of Tao would not plant a garden of flowers, without the necessary conditions to support such vibrant life. The individual who believes himself or herself to be independent of Nature's harmonies is doomed to be consumed by gnorance and egotism.

Acceptance is dynamic. It is not akin to inertness, stagnation, or inactivity. The importance is ascertaining the requirements of a situation, and implementing the best course of action to achieve one's goals. As long as your deeds are in accordance with time, and you are careful to not be sloppy or thoughtless, then the action is most likely correct.