Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Bit by Bit - Chapter 23, Part 11

Trey Smith

"Utilize the bounty of things and let them nourish your body; withdraw into thoughtlessness and in this way give life to your mind; be reverent of what is within and extend this same reverence to others. If you do these things and yet are visited by ten thousand evils, then all are Heaven-sent and not the work of man. They should not be enough to destroy your composure; they must not be allowed to enter the Spirit Tower. The Spirit Tower has its guardian, but unless it understands who its guardian is, it cannot be guarded."
~ Burton Watson translation ~
The person who is well-centered does not allow external criteria to have much impact. If a person has a strong foundation, then the winds of life cannot easily blow you down.

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