The Tao of Growing Your Practice

February 7, 2013

Verse 63. Tao te Ching, Stephen Mitchell translation

Act without doing; work without effort. Think of the small as large and the few as many. Confront the difficult while it is still easy; accomplish the great task by a series of small acts.

The Master never reaches for the great; thus she achieves greatness. When she runs into a difficulty, she stops and gives herself to it. She doesn't cling to her own comfort; thus problems are no problem for her.

Or as my favorite psychoanalytic supervisor would advise, “Never settle for comfort.” Merlon had a way of delivering wisdom in small, whimsical packages. Doing anything unfamiliar requires most of us to overcome the resistance of the “gravitational pull” of the familiar, the “safe”. Starting your own business after spending 8 to 12 years confined to the institution can be overwhelmingly scary.

Be afraid. Be clear about what you want. Be certain of the next small step.

Take it. Let me know how it turns out.

  1. Jack February 13, 2013 Reply

    This is a fantastic post. I keep coming back to this blog for my PRN motivational boost.

    • William Lynch February 14, 2013 Reply

      It's great hearing from you again.
      Be strong!

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