No. It is not enough to despise the world.

It is not enough to live one’s life as though

Riches and power were nothings. They are not,

But to grasp the world, to grasp and feel it grow

Great in one’s grasp is likewise not enough.

      The secret is to grasp it, and let it go.

                      ~~ “Secret” by Wang Wei, translated by Graeme Wilson

(discovered in An Almanac for the Soul, by the Iona Center)


~ by Stephanie on 02/23/2010.

2 Responses to “A.Little.Secret”

  1. We read from the Almanac for the Soul every morning. How nice to know you are reading it as well. We have read the Hiles’ publications for a number of years now and continue to work at the the discipiine of ‘letting it go”.

  2. I’m not familiar with the Almanac for the Soul and can’t wait to try it out. Thanks for the beautiful quote and photo. Perfect for a peaceful evening at home!

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