Let us not be confused
With kaleidoscopic reality.
Using wisdom and courage to act,
Let us not add to the confusion.
The world is a storm of myriad realities, yet we cannot allow
ourselves to be swept into the vortex. To do so is to be lost and to
lose the true center where all understanding will come. We must act, but
in the right way.
Action must be guided by both intellect and experience. We learn
from teachers, elders, and others. But we must also test what we learn
in the world. It is not enough to simply meditate, and it is not enough
just to have theoretical knowledge. We need both in order to be wise.
Only when wisdom, courage, timing, and perseverance are combined
can one have a sound basis for initiative. The action must be complete.
It must burn clean; it cannot leave any bad ramifications or lingering
traces. An act that leaves destruction, resentment, or untidiness in its
wake it a poor one. Then initiative is insufficient, and Tao has not
365 Tao: Daily Meditations