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Nothing is too small

Discover that nothing is too small for clear vision, too insignificant for tender strength . . . .

This is from Chapter 52 of the Tao Te Ching.   Below, a stone and plant photo . . . but really I think about people, and about ourselves.   I think about all the troubles we carry in ourselves, bravely hidden away.   That these too are not too small for clear vision, not too insignificant for tender strength.

I was going to elide …. the bit about tongue and senses.   Because we need to sense our earth, and speak up about what is right and fair.   But true also – not so much curb, but take care where we bring our tongue and senses to bear, to bear fruit.

The source of life
Is as a mother.
Be fond of both mother and children but know the mother dearer
And you outlive death.
Curb your tongue and senses
And you are beyond trouble,
Let them loose
And you are beyond help.
Discover that nothing is too small for clear vision,
Too insignificant for tender strength~
Use outlook
And insight,
Use them both
And you are immune:
For you have witnessed eternity.

(Tao te Ching Chapter 52 – Witter Bynner translation – link here)

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Stone and plant Elgin

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Stone small significant

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Stone wall

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