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Don't be in a hurry to clarify what's unclear. Give it time and let it settle. Similarly, don't force something static into action. Allow it to awaken in its own time. Moderation, patience, and mindfulness are key principles of the Tao.

Chapter 65

In ancient times, those who were good at being scholars were subtly mysterious and profoundly penetrating;
so deep they could not be recognized.
Because they cannot be recognized, one can only try to describe them.
Cautious, like crossing a winter stream.
Hesitant, like fearing danger on all sides.
Courteous, like a guest.
Yielding, like ice that is about to melt.
Simple, like uncarved wood.
Open, like a valley.
Opaque, like muddy water.
Who can make the muddy water clear?
Let it remain still, and it will gradually become clear.
Who can make the still water move?
Let it remain at rest, and it will gradually come to life.
Those who maintain this Way do not wish to be full.
Because they do not wish to be full, they can wear out and yet be newly made.

What's Master DudeWay Say?

You know the wisdom of old is a bit like the wisdom shared in Pink Floyd's "Time": "Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day / Fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way / Waiting for someone or something to show you the way." Just as the song suggests, we often wait for something to guide us or to clarify things. But in doing so, we might be missing the point. The moments, even the seemingly dull or unclear ones, are precious in their own right. Allow them to be, and with patience and time, they'll reveal their worth.

Dudeism Abides

Just take it easy, man. Don't force things. The universe works on its own clock, not yours. If things are a bit murky, let them be. They'll clear up eventually, just like a good White Russian when you let the cream slowly mix with the vodka and Kahlúa. And if things seem still, don't shake them up. They'll start grooving when the time is right.

Time's current, a stream,
Clarity comes in its pace,
Life stirs in stillness.

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