As a Stone
Yesterday I was traveling through the magic forest of Joshua Trees.
The Sun was sitting above the large mountains to my right.
In front of me and to my left was a Tormenta.
Soon, giant drops began to rain down on my car,
and as they hit, they exploded in the bright sun light.
I looked to my left,
and saw a vivid and complete rainbow that moved with me
as I barrelled ahead to my destination some 9000 feet in the mountains.
As the rain grew in strength,
it was suddenly replaced by large balls of ice, granizo.
These white balls of ice pummeled my windshield and hood
in the blinding light of the sun, turning my view into a bright,
ear deafening extravagant example of the natural wonder around us.
For a moment, I thought the windshield might explode,
or that I should turn back, or something.
That thought diminished as did the tormenta.
When I arrived at my mountain home,
I thanked the travel gods and opened up the
Tao Te Ching.
In harmony with the Tao,
The sky is clear and spacious,
the earth is solid and full,
all creatures flourish together,
content with the way they are,
endlessly repeating themselves
When man interferes with the Tao,
the sky becomes filthy,
the earth becomes depleted,
the equilibrium crumbles,
creatures become extinct.
The Master views the part with compassion,
because he understands the whole.
His contant practice is humility.
He doesn't glitter like a jewel
but lets himself be shaped by the Tao,
as rugged and common as a stone.
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