Monday, January 11, 2016

an openness to revelation

toward the “Tao”

in Taoism we are warned that
“those who know do not speak,
those who speak do not know,”

there’s a recognition in those words
that a rush to judgment, opinions, advice
can come freely 
in an inverse relationship to wisdom,

I have learned in my life
to listen before I speak,
to think before I act,
to consider once, twice, thrice,
an idea or a feeling before I give it voice,

to be open to a contrary view
that may fit reality better than my own.

by Henry H. Walker
January 8, ‘16

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