When You’ve Got a Difficult Decision to Make
Can making a difficult decision be as simple as finding the easy way, and stepping into a more comfortable pattern? Listen to this poem and decide for yourself.
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Okay. I’ve got a poem for you. I think you’re going to like this one. It’s called “When The Shoe Fits.” It’s by Chuang Tzu. And here we go.
Ch’ui, the draftsman, could draw more perfect circles freehand than with a compass.
His fingers brought forth spontaneous forms from nowhere.
His mind was, meanwhile, free and without concern with what he was doing.
No application was needed.
His mind was perfectly simple and knew no obstacle.
So when the shoe fits, the foot is forgotten. When the belt fits, the belly is forgotten. When the heart is right, for and against are forgotten.
No drives, no compulsions, no needs, no attractions.
Then your affairs are under control. You are a free man.
Easy is right. Begin right and you are easy. Continue easy and you are right.
The right way to go easy is to forget the right way and forget that the going is easy.
Okay. I’m not sure I understood that very last stanza but here’s what I really loved about this: “When the shoe fits, the foot is forgotten. When the belt fits, the belly is forgotten. When the heart is right, for and against are forgotten.”
So, my wish for you is that you find the easy way, that you notice what you’re tolerating now that you may choose not to tolerate, and step into the more comfortable, the more easy, the more familiar thing that fits you perfectly as a way of journeying forward.