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March 23, 2006


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As you well know, every journey begins with a single step. Often, when our lives have been disrupted by trauma or tragedy, that first step is the hardest to take. We stand silently eyeing the path, but are reluctant to stride forth into a different routine or landscape.

I know that I'm a very routinized person. I lead a rather simple life and each days often mirrors the last. When things change abruptly, introverted me becomes lost for a good while.

Sometimes, I close ranks and hide. This can be quite dangerous because, the longer one hides, the more difficult it becomes to venture out again.

Eventually though, I follow a similar path to what you describe above. I start to notice the "new" ordinary things in my life and use them to guide my steps beyond.

I learned about Aidan's death this morning. I asked the Classic of Changes for advice how to handle my distressful reaction to his death.
I received Qian or Modesty without changing lines. Like a piece of rock firmly planted in the garden:
"Thus the superior man reduces that which is too much,
And augments that which is too little.
He weighs things and makes them equal."

A sage of Dao dwells in the ordinary...

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