I have had these words in my head for a week. I know what they mean to me, and I have thought about typing something about it...but, hadn't.
Just now, I pulled out my first Tao te Ching which, our dog devoured the cover of when she was a puppy. I gave it a little love and read this excerpt, describing the appearance of "the old masters", and it spurred me to open the computer (actually, I read the whole verse 15 but, this is the part that lit the fire):
They were careful
as someone crossing an iced-over stream.
Alert as a warrior in enemy territory.
Courteous as a guest.
Fluid as melting ice.
Shapable as a block of wood.
Receptive as a valley.
Clear as a glass of water.
It was the "Courteous as a guest" line that really went *ding*. It all just seems so worthy. So valuable.
I wasn't sure how these things were connected. But, I decided after transcribing that passage to explain no further.