Your Mud Will Settle. Your Water Will Clear.

Island in clear blue water“Don’t seek and don’t expect. Be patient and wait until your mud settles and your water is clear. Be patient and wait. Your mud will settle. Your water will clear.” 

I love that quote from the Tao Te Ching. I love it because it’s simultaneously simple and bloody hard.

When things are unsettled, I crave resolution. You do, too — unless you’re a masochist. At the apex of a problem, almost any ending would be better than not knowing what the outcome might be but that’s the worst time to choose a path. If I stick with the analogy of muddy water, kicking and moving about just makes the water more opaque and lengthens the time required to clear.

It’s worth waiting – patiently or impatiently – to see what emerges from the murkiness.



2 Replies to “Your Mud Will Settle. Your Water Will Clear.”

    1. Hi Karen,

      I hear you. It’s not easy to sit back and observe. The natural impulse is to DO something. When things feel stressful and chaotic I find that writing helps. Try sitting down with paper – or in front of your computer – and write with no purpose. You may be surprised at what you learn.



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