We speak few words by nature—
high winds don’t last all morning;
a downpour does not fall all day.
Why? Because even the earth and sky
cannot stay violent long.
When we study The Way
of the creative universe,
others pursuing it agree with us,
and those practicing it agree with us,
and even those failing to live up
to their attempts agree with us.
When we study The Way,
those attempting to practice it
agree with us, and those attempting
to pursue it agree with us, and
even those who don’t even try
agree with us.
But when we stop
our own attempts,
everyone loses faith in us.