Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Importance of What is Not

I found this wonderful book in an antique store in Honakaa Hawaii. It is a translation of the TAO TE Ching, a traslation and commentary of Lao Tzu by Ralph Alan Dale. I hope you can find a copy too.

As I think of making a creative workspace this Verse helps.

The Importance of What is Not

We join 30 spokes
to the hub of a wheel,
yet it's the center hole
that drives the chariot.

We shape clay
to birth a a vessel,
yet it's the hollow within
that makes it useful.

We chisel doors and windows
to construct a room,
yet it's the inner space
that makes it livable.

Thus do we create what is
to use what is not.

Also, from Seven Sins for a Life Worth Living

Every journey has a secret destination
of which the traveler is unaware.
Martin Buber

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