These geese look like a bunch of tourists ambling along, and yet on that day, July 10, 2013, we had had heavy rains and our creek, their home, had nearly topped its banks. They had fled the water and the banks and were up in the parking lot and on the streets for safety, yet they were being calm and collected, for a bunch of geese, while the humans were racing around predicting a flood that was not likely to arrive, though it looked imminent.
But aside from that lesson, I’ve always liked the photo of the geese.
“A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.”
~Lao-Tzu in Chapter 27 of the Tao te Ching, tr. Stephen Mitchell
It doesn’t mean you make no plans, just that you allow them to change.
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