Where is North Creek Rd
Life is a journey from the cradle to the grave, that’s a fact ! It’s what happens in between these two points where life is. It’s a journey of understanding about life… about your own life, not someone else’s, although other people’s lives can be pretty interesting. In the end its about how you want to experience this time on earth.
Some people are very locked into a way of living, everything has to be this way or that way. Others just let life happen to them, sometimes it’s a good, other times it’s not so good. An old saying my mother would use “Let Go and Let God”. A balance between these two ways of living I feel is important, but how to get that balance correct.
Let me introduce you to Lao-Tzu, a wise man that lived some 2500 years ago around the time of Confucius. In fact it is believed that Confucius went to see Lao-Tzu on a number of occasions. Upon Confucius’s return to his students from these meetings, he didn’t speak for many days. His students grew concerned and asked their teacher what had happened. Confucius said:
“I know how a bird can fly. I know how a fish can swim. But I do not know how Lao Tzu could rise and fly like a sublime dragon riding on clouds in the sky.”
“Birds can fly but will fall at the hunter’s arrow. Fish can swim but will be caught by the fisherman. Beasts can run but will drop into people’s nets and traps. There is only one thing that is out of man’s reach. That is the legendary dragon. A dragon can fly into the sky, ride on clouds, dive into the ocean. A dragon is so powerful, yet so intangible to us.
Lao Tzu is a dragon, and I will never understand him.”
Lao-Tzu was a Chinese Philosopher born with the name of Er Li which was to mean “Old Venerable Master”. Also known as Laozi 老 he is believed to have had access to the Royal Library of Zhou so was able to study and read the great literatures of his time. Understood to be a great teacher, he went on to create a new philosophy which was written in the form of 81 verses of the Tao Te Ching. Transcribed from old Chinese to current day language gives us a new insight to a way of looking at this journey we are all traveling.
There are many interpretation of the Tao Te Ching all saying pretty much the same thing just in different ways. I have taken five different versions and written my own interpretation of these verses.
Back to getting a balance of life … I believe the Tao Te Ching is a great place to start. In fact I would go as far as to say,
if you really read and understand these 81 verses, all your answers could be found.
So... where is North Creek Rd... It's where you are standing right now. Your road ...
On this road it's all about how you treat yourself, and how your treat others also traveling the same road.
How you treat the environment and everything we share on this good Earth.
Do we lift up or put down, is it all about me or is it about community and relationship with others.
Do we forgive or condemn.
In the end... you must decide how to move forward.
Take each step carefully and with confidence.
"We must learn to hold onto the centre,
Listen more, speaking less, being still.
What is, is within.
Be Free (and you will find home)"