During today’s Sparkles, I realized that our home library is lacking poetry. The assignment first sent me searching for my favorite poem, but the type of poetry I read is mostly dark. I wanted to use an inspirational selection, so I dug through our books and found a copy of the Tao Te Ching. Figured I’d have to pull out the New Testament if I wanted greater inspiration. Anyways, Chapter 81 specifically caught my attention. Here it is.
True words are not eloquent;
Eloquent words are not true.
Wise men do not need to prove their point;
men who need to prove their point are not wise.
The master has no possessions.
The more he does for others,
the happier he is.
The more he gives to others,
the wealthier he is.
The Tao nourishes by not forcing.
By not nominating, the Master leads.
What did I get out of this assignment? Well, first off, I realized that reflecting on a chapter from a philosopher’s writings would have me contemplating the meaning and questioning my thoughts for the remainder of the day. . .I mean the rest of my life.
Why did I initially select this chapter? After reading the first passage, I questioned myself as a writer, specifically back during my nonfiction days. I got a little stuck there. Aren’t we forever searching for the most eloquent of words and trying to to prove a point. Don’t we enjoy reading just the same. I keep thinking I’m missing the point somewhere in the message. I’ve even tried to find further explanation, to no avail. So like I said, it’ll just have to haunt me the rest of my life.
I’m going to leave it at that, considering Sparkles are meant to be short creative bursts, I spent way too much time on this assignment. Not that I regret it. Sundays are the best day of the week for soul searching.