I don’t know what Lao Tsu truly meant when he wrote: “When men lack a sense of awe, there will be disaster.” *(Lao Tsu – Seventy-two. Lao Tsu Tao Te Ching, ©1972 by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English)
I don’t know what he meant, but I do know that his words transcend time. From then, to today. It rings true, doesn’t it?
“When men lack a sense of awe, there will be disaster.”
When you look at the world. Where do you see a sense of awe? Where do you see disaster?
When you look at yourself. Where do you see a sense of awe? Where do you see disaster?
A sense of awe does exist. Certainly. Without any doubt. There are people who live with a sense of awe. We all see them. We all know someone who does. We see the minority who have a sense of awe. What is their life like? A disaster or a fairly calm ocean?
What comes first? The chicken or the egg? The sense of awe or the calm ocean?
Awe vs disaster.
What if it was a choice. And nothing more. Nothing more complicated than just a choice. Your choice.
Of course, something needs to happen in order to be able to kiss disaster goodbye, to leave it behind so that we can enter a sense of awe. However that change occurs for you. Invariably, when you let go of something, when you remove something from a space, it creates room for something new to come in. The first step is to let go of disaster, and everything that brings it into your life. Your state of being. Your state of mind. Your state of peace.
Are you feeding your mind with disaster or with peace and awe?
It’s your choice.
Remember: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tsu
How ever big. How ever small.