Empty And Full

The Uses of Not

Thirty spokes meet
In the hub.
Where the wheel isn’t 
Is where it’s useful.


Hollowed out,
clay makes a pot. 
Where the pot’s not 
is where it’s useful.






Cut doors and windows 
to make a room.
 Where the room isn’t, 
there’s room for you.
So the profit in what is 
is in the use of what isn’t.

Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching: A Book about the Way and the Power of the Way

trans. Ursula K. LeGuin

“Know the Raw Silk, Hold the Uncut Wood”

raw silk on uncut wood

I have friends who are dealing with the worst of cancers and the death of a loved one.  Earthquakes, flooding, wars and hurricanes displace thousands of people. Yet, many of them endure. Not just endure. They endure creatively. How do they do it?

They learn these truths:

 

 

 

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