Romanticized Daydreams

Heartstring Eulogies

photo and model credit Lucz Fowler of @meet_me_in_the_morgue

Sometimes, we can’t stop
those romanticized thoughts —
falling for the dream
instead of reality.
And when it happens, we’re left
in the dark with the awful truth
and a shattered heart.

© Sarah Doughty

For the ‘Support Insta Writers’ August Prompts
(based on books written by authors in the IG community)
hosted by Tracy and Journee.

Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately by @thealiciacook

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 14

Chapter 14 is what it calls the Tao, enigmatic, at least for me. I enjoy the final lines though for I suspect the wisdom of the Tao can help us manage life today.

Thank you to Derek Lin’s Tao Te Ching Annotated and Explained.

Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 9.54.38 AMLook at it, it cannot be seen
It is called colourless
Listen to it, it cannot be heard
It is called noiseless
Reach for it, it cannot be held
It is called formless
These three cannot be completely unraveled
So they are combined into one

Above it, not bright
Below it, not dark
Continuing endlessly, cannot be named
It returns back into nothingness
Thus it is called the form of the formless
The image of the imageless
This is called enigmatic
Confront it, its front cannot be seen
Follow it, its back cannot be seen

Wield the Tao of the ancients
To manage the existence of today
One can know the ancient beginning
It is called the Tao Axiom

Tao Te Ching Chapter 13

Chapter 13 of the Tao Te Ching speaks to ego or self-love and the dangers that lie with that versus the great that can come from recognizing the self as a part of the world and loving the self through loving the world.

I think most people are aware of our very human need for recognition and praise as well as the subsequent fear of mockery or disgrace. Both of these driving forces come from the ego or what Lao Tzu terms the self. Remove the sense of self and we lose controlling forces of favour and disgrace.

But if you value yourself as a small part of the world and turn your love to others then you will be raised as you raise them. Your joy will come not from recognition rather it will come from helping others find joy. I think this is a wonderful truth.

As always thanks goes to Derek Lin’s Tao Te Ching Annotated and Explained.

Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 9.54.38 AMFavour and disgrace make one fearful
The greatest misfortune is the self
What does “favour and disgrace make one fearful” mean?
Favour is high; disgrace is low
Having it makes one fearful
Losing it makes one fearful
This is “favour and disgrace make one fearful”

What does “the greatest misfortune is the self” mean?
The reason I have great misfortune
Is that I have the self
If I have no self
What misfortune do I have?

So one who values the self as the world
Can be given the world
One who loves the self as the world
Can be entrusted with the world

Do not permit…

Lovely message in this poem.


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Do not permit
a cultural obsession
with dominance and winning
diminish the infinite value
of your very presence
in this vast and wondrous

© 2016 Dennis Ference

My new book of original inspirational verses, From the Water’s Edge, is now available from, and Kindle eBooks at Amazon.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 12

Chapter 12 of the Tao Te Ching seems really relevant to modern society. It speaks of sensory overload, the constant chase for something better or newer, and how that can never truly satisfy. Instead Lao Tzu recommends simply taking what is needed and finding comfort within the Tao.

Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 9.54.38 AMI like this chapter a lot. I have come across many people unhappy with their present situation although I find they have a comfortable life otherwise filled with laughter and joy. It is their need for more money, a nicer car, less work, more vacations etc that drives their unhappiness. If they accepted their present situation for what it is and learned to love their life as such, taking pleasure in the service of others and quiet solitude perhaps then their suffering would lessen.

As always thanks goes to Derek Lin’s Tao Te Ching Annotated and Explained.

The five colours make one blind in the eyes
The five sounds make one deaf in the ears
The five flavours make one tasteless in the mouth

Racing and hunting make one wild at heart
Goods that are difficult to acquire make one cause damage

Therefore the sages care for the stomach and not the eyes
That is why they discard the others and take this

The Burden of Creativity


space-exploration-43327We creative types have a difficult job. Essentially, our job is to create something out of nothing. Our job is to be original. To stand out. And eventually, to not only find fulfillment in our creation but fulfill others with it.

For most creative-types, we strive to guide our audiences through an emotional journey. . .

I take that back.

We strive to control our audience’s emotions. Through our creations.

And the fact is, we cannot live without creativity. Creativity turns the wheels of the world.

The reason people go insane in jail cells or on deserted islands? Many will say it’s because of a lack of community and communication. That’s true to a point, but I’d like to add a third option to create a holy trinity of functionality: There is also a lack of creativity being given and received.

When we’re not creating, or thinking organically, or processing, we go stir-crazy…

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 11

Chatpter 11 of Tao Te Ching speaks to substance and emptiness, that one cannot exist without the other. Thus it has been written that the Tao embeds everything because the Tao is emptiness.

I can certainly speak to the practice of emptiness or silence allowing for realizations or growth that could not have come before, so in that way the Tao does allow for functionality within my own life, or any other followers I guess.

As always I owe much of my insights to Derek Lin’s Tao Te Ching Annotated and Explained.

Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 9.54.38 AMThirty spoke join in one hub
In its emptiness, there is the function of a vehicle
Mix clay to create a container
In its emptiness, there is the function of a container
Cut open doors and windows to create a room
In its emptiness, there is the function of a room

Therefore, that which exists is used to create benefit
That which is empty is used to create functionality

What I’m Reading Now: Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay

Screen Shot 2016-08-09 at 9.56.04 AMSome books are very subtle when it comes to theme; sly hints from the shadows at the message they carry, whereas some books take a more direct approach, that of a military commander screaming insults mere inches from your face; which is the case for Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay.

The message is loud and it is very real.

Kay delivers this within the world he created (pulling much from history) for his previous novels Sailing to Sarantium and Lord of Emperors, though placed some 25 years later.

Few authors can capture intrigues and cultural prejudices better than Kay, and he is doing it from ancient history! Kingdoms, religions, warriors, politicians and merchants are all caught within a web that Kay, acting as fate, weaves. I am half way through this book and it has already delivered tragedy, love, intrigue, battle and more. A thrilling read!

With Children of Earth and Sky Guy Gavriel Kay proves why he remains one of my favourite authors.


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