Understand the Tree

Verse 28 of adapting the Tao Te Ching into kindness poems…

28

UNDERSTAND THE TREE

You don’t improve a block of wood by shaping it.
 You are simply repurposing it.
 Your version is not better than the original.

And what is the original?
 Certainly not a block of wood,
 but part of a living entity known as a tree.

So shape the block, but understand the tree.
 Live in the light, but don’t abandon darkness.
 Strive to be kind, acknowledging when you aren’t.

(This article is part of my Medium Series called “The Tao of Kindness” in which I endeavor to adapt the 81 verses of the Tao Te Ching into kindness poems, one each week. The verses are also archived at KindLiving.net)