Farming with the Tao :: solutions

The Tao Te Ching is a philosophical and often spiritual text of meditative verses. The Tao Te Ching is a book of ancient Chinese wisdom written sometime around 500 B.C.E by the sage, Lao Tzu. The book has endured thousands of years because it has timeless understanding of life. Second only to the Bible, the Tao Te Ching is the most translated book in the world.

In this series, we are going to approach the Tao Te Ching from a farmer’s point of view. Let all of us– backyard farmers, market farmers, chicken raisers, and “wannabe” farmers alike– take on these poetic truths together.

Farming with the Tao series
Solutions

Don’t be afraid to explore;
Without exploration there are no discoveries.
Don’t be afraid of partial solutions;
Without the tentative there is no accomplishment.

Regrets and procrastination are useless to us, and yet we are all guilty of them both. We regret not trying something new. We regret an outcome we did not expect. Regret can make us hesitant to try again or to try in the first place. Exploration on the journey ahead makes the destination and our goals that much sweeter. We cannot allow fear of incomplete projects or failure cloud our path.

The same is true of perfection. Do not let procrastination –waiting for that ideal moment to begin– alter your path. The perfect moment and the perfect set of circumstances never come, so if you were to wait for such things before starting on a new journey, you would never reach your goal. Days, weeks, years could pass and you would be standing in the same place with nothing but regrets.

Don’t be afraid of partial solutions. Instead, set up reasonable milestones that can be acheived while working toward your goals. Smaller accomplishments are just as worthy of praise as the large, seemingly unattainable, ones.

In conclusion, get out there and plant some crazy crap in the garden.

*Tao Te Ching translations by Ming-Dao Deng. Unsightly opinions by Sarah.

4 thoughts on “Farming with the Tao :: solutions

  1. This is so true! I am so guilty of waiting for that ‘perfect moment’ to start something or to do something. There is never a perfect moment, and the seeking of perfection is a personal struggle for me. I love your conclusion as it is so true. I am glad that a few months back I bit the bullet and planted a few seeds. I know nothing of gardening, (unless you count end-of-life care for any plant that finds its way into my hands – no joke, my plants are not known to survive a stay in our household!) and even my husband was doubtful. We are now enjoying the first few zucchinis from our humble garden.

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