Great perfection seems flawed
Its function is without failure
Great fullness seems empty
Its function is without exhaustion
Great straightness seems bent
Great skill seems unrefined
Great eloquence seems inarticulate
Movement overcomes cold
Stillness overcomes heat
Clear quietness is the standard of the world
These words from Lao Tzu are a gentle whisper into the ear of every Caregiver. Slow down and be present. The world is speeding up and your ability to be therapeutic was never more needed. Resist reacting to every call to action. Let your presence be the stabilizing, calming factor to each situation you encounter. Allow others to participate. Refrain from judging and just accept. Guidance is all around you but you need to be still so that you can hear it and recognize it for what it is. Often help comes from unexpected sources.
Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story… An excerpt from Desiderata