“To believe that our beliefs are permanent truths which encompass reality is a sad arrogance. To let go of that belief is to find safety.”
–Ursula K. LeGuin, gloss on chapter 2 of her interpretation of the Tao Te Ching
Last week, I complained publicly about the sad state of the truth in modern society. A mere 2 days later, I was fortunate to encounter the above quote while reading. LeGuin’s words alerted me to how snooty my previously-held belief about the truth was and simultaneously smoothed my growing anxiety and helped to lift me out of the red haze of anger and frustration I was spiraling into. I’ll spare y’all the details, but now I’m feeling liberated and free as a breeze.
Speaking of breezes, if any of you are wondering, the family and I survived this morning’s Middle Tennessee tornadoes. We suffered no loss but that of sleep due to the tornado sirens and of power for about 8 hours. There are, however, many people in the area who lost a lot and are suffering a great deal, so please spare some good thoughts and, if you’re a praying person, some prayers for Nashville and the surrounding areas. If you’re interested, you can learn more here.
What do y’all think about my Quality Quote for today? Does it liberate you or cause you anxiety? Holler at me in the Comments section!
Take care, be well, and happy blogging!
–Via Fandango’s One-Word Challenge for 3/3/20, “snooty”
–Via Ragtag Daily Prompt for 3/3/20, “smooth”
–Via Word of the Day Challenge for 3/3/20, “details”
–Via Your Daily Word Prompt for 3/3/20, “haze”