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Fair Is Fair

Seventy-Seven

Fair Is Fair

 

Bamboo trees live for a hundred years, flower, then die.

Roots intertwined, every tree stabilizing every tree.

Strong winds blow.

The bamboo grove bows deeply.

The winds die down.

The trees stand up.

Every bone in our body is curved.  Every one.

If our bones were straight, and our joints were square,

We couldn’t bow.  We couldn’t bend.

Side by side, a group of archers practice archery.

They draw their tall bows.

Their bows bend.

The top and the bottom of their bows

Curve slightly toward the center.

The further the archers pull their string back,

The rounder their bows become.

The vertical yields to the horizontal.

In the hands of leaders

Who are grounded, strong, and balanced,

The rich, at the top will bend,

And the poor, at the bottom will rise,

Widening the middle class.


 In the hands of leaders

Who are groundless, spineless, and shaky,

The rich will get richer,

And the poor will get poorer.

Our children, deprived of flying forward into an open future.

Tai Chi – A Real Softy

If the bed is hard, and our body rigid, the bed will feel hard.

If the bed is hard, and our body is soft, the bed will feel soft.

For something to feel hard it must come against something hard.

When life feels hard and we react by becoming hard, life feels hard.

When life feels hard and we respond by becoming soft,

Life may still be hard, but it will feel soft, and we will feel soft.

Softness Is Choosing

Not to fight, not to run, not to hide, not to lie, not to try, and not to comply.

Softness Is Choosing

To meet each situation non-defensively, reflectively, respectfully.

Softness takes practice, lots of it.

(From my new book,  The Peaceful Body – At The Heart of Lao Tzu.)