Short Stories of the Tao 1

The Sage said to the Boy, “There was a stream that wanted to flow freely. But rocks were placed across its path. Did the stream feel frustrated?”

The Boy thought but remained silent.

The Sage continued, “Perhaps frustration was the catalyst for the stream to overcome its barrier. But if the stream allowed itself to be lead solely by its frustration, it would rage blindly. And if the stream was out of control, it could hurt others or itself.

“So, the stream waited patiently. It waited for the proper moment. Its inaction was action.

“Three days later some travelers came to the stream to drink of her and be restored. In seeing her imprisonment, they removed each rock from her course.

“You give us life. In return, we give you freedom.

“The travelers blessed the stream as she went on her way.”

Through inaction comes action.

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