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Who is in charge?

As I awoke this morning, these words were forming in my mind: "I have no authority, but I am sovereign of the vessel"

Essential to cultivating the Tao is knowing who or what is in charge. Do we really think we have any authority, spinning around in space on a little ball of earth, subject to a myriad of happenstances, subject to the material world and its corresponding laws of nature? In cultivating deference to the laws of nature, the universal prerogative, a little more freedom of being is attained, freedom of the soul; indeed, even though we have no authority, we do have free will, and the ability to choose how to respond to life's rich pageant.

In his work "Man's Search for Meaning", Viktor Frankl said that “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

As Lao Tzu puts it, "Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like"

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