Sunday, June 16, 2013

Give It a Chance

Give It a Chance


She is like a turtle:
wherever she is is home.
These are notes
to a passage in
Stephen Mitchell’s translation
of the Tao Te Ching.
Turtles are slow,
but they’re sojourners, too.
They get there,
and they may not stay there,
yet they’re there
wherever they are.
There’s a poem by
Mary Oliver:
She’s in her car,
sees a turtle roadside.
Being a naturalist,
she knows where
the turtle is going.
She stops, picks her up,
takes her there.
The turtle didn’t say no.

To Ponder

            1.   I take accommodation to mean service or acceptance
                  offered with a small sense of obligation.

            2.   It’s not negative, but not altogether positive either. It’s
                  conditional. Time will tell.

            3.   The mature person accommodates frequently and
                  without fuss. Something good may come of this uneasy

            4.   And if nothing does, so what? Nothing ventured, nothing

            5.   The Tao’s message is that the Master is like a turtle. She
                  always makes do with what is.

            6.   That’s a flexibility lacking in most of us, at least in the
                  always part.

            7.   Bottom line, at the least, accommodation is a first-rate
                  first move.

© 2013 Allan Cox, Allan Cox & Associates Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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