There's this verse of the Tao te Ching that's eluded me for a while. Until now.
What center? What the heck was Lao-tzu talking about. Recently I've been dealing with something really stressful, helping out a friend. I'll be honest, it's been making me just sick. I'm worried for my friend, see bad outcomes around every corner, want to solution for them. It's draining, tiring, suckwork. (Yeah, it's a word. I just made it up. Deal.)
My friend's been suffering too. Like, tons. I pointed this thing out to them, based on a quote by the Dalai Lama. Here it is.
I was grateful to share it with my friend on Tuesday. It's like a double-shot gratitude, because I'm grateful for it myself, today. THAT CONCEPT IS WHAT THE VERSE IS TALKING ABOUT.
I'm the center.
So are you.
People talk about how they are happy (or unhappy), like it's an intransitive verb.
For my non-grammar-obsessed readers, transitive verbs have an object.
Mako hugged the shark.
Valentalae prepared the rødgrød.
Amelia knitted the yarn cthulu.
Whereas intransitive verbs don't.
Squee awoke from her nap.
Rachel felt happy.
But here's the thing - that last one is slippery. Happiness is something you feel and also something you do. That's what being at the center means.
I am grateful for this knowledge, this responsibility, and this ability.