Being and nonbeing produce each other.
The difficult is born in the easy.
Long is defined by short, the high the low.
Before and after go along with each other.
So the sage lives openly with apparent duality
and paradoxical unity.
The sage can act without effort
and teach without words
Nurturing things without possessing them,
he works, but not for rewards;
he competes, but not for results.
When the work is done, it is forgotten.
That is why it lasts forever. ~Verse #2 of the Tao
I have been rereading the Tao again. This whole nondoing bit really seems to resonate with me this time. I find myself lately in the realm of effortlessly doing, without really trying.
Notably at work I find this. I spend my mornings baking at a local pie company. I watch my fellow bakers: stressed about the volume of food (thinking of the whole pie, rather than a slice @ a time- this analogy is perfect for this), or rush through the work. They look like they’re working fast. But then they drop things. They forget ingredients or they miss a step. They get frustrated and yell, growl, cuss, or throw things. On the other side there is me. Laid back. Calm. Enjoying the process. I love to cook, I love to bake. I just breathe and take it one step at a time. Turnovers flow into cookies flow into muffins. Before I know it’s 9 am and I’m done with my work. Effortlessly and easily I’ve completed the work three hours ahead of time. This art of nondoing.
It has taught me to really just enjoy and live in the moment. What I need to do or want to do will get done without me ‘trying’ so hard or overthinking it. My business and brand will get built. New followers and connections will gradually come. Sales will take place one by one. I’ll get BeYOUtiful pics one shot after the next. Stay calm. Relaxed and continue to believe in them, the nondoing will take care of you. It is The Way.