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Trying to Grasp, We Lose

Scrolling through social media, I saw a picture of actor Chris Evan's arm, which has a tattoo of what looks like Taurus the bull. Apparently, it's his mother's (and my) zodiac sign. I thought it was rather yummy, so I'll share it here:





Then my mind wandered to the movie Dodgeball, where Ben Stiller's character had a painting of him "taking the bull by the horns." Then my mind remembered a passage from the Tao Te Ching.


Oh, how the mind wanders.


I had bought a translation of the Tao Te Ching many years ago, but it didn't resonate with me. I don't know if it was the translation or the stage in my life that interfered. Eventually, Wayne Dyer would publish Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life, which offered a different translation and his interpretation. I refer to it often. One of the passages that bit me hard was Chapter 29. Here's the first part:


Do you think you can take over the universe and improve it?
I do not believe it can be done.
Everything under heaven is a sacred vessel and cannot be controlled.