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Speak few words, but say them with quietude and sincerity, and they will be long lasting, for a raging wind cannot blow all morning, nor a sudden rainstorm last throughout the day.
Tao Te Ching
This quote from the Dao reminds me of the passage from Saint Francis’ prayer, “Let me not so much seek to be understood as to understand.” I see it also as a reminder to be still and observe life around me with a mind to understand its abundance.
Sometimes I get caught up in talking about what is missing and what is wrong with life, and I forget to pause and remember the power of my interaction with life. I try to gently redirect my thought and word towards a vision of a prosperous living. Sometimes that means I have to be a little less talkative, in my head and with my words.