By not setting foot outside the door
One knows the whole world;
By not looking out the window
One knows the way of heaven.
The further one goes
The less one knows.
Hence the sage knows without having to stir,
Identifies without having to see it,
Accomplishes without having to do it.
This lesson from Tao Te Ching puts me on my heels in the midst of my travels. I read this passage as I sit at the Crown and Anchor Bar in Algiers Point. I start to second guess myself and the purpose of this trip. I even start to feel a little silly. Then Mike starts playing a song called “I Am Free” and I feel better. I start talking to a damn Yankee (Yankees come from the north, damn Yankees stay) about the ghost of New Orleans since Katrina. I remember another truth I heard from my dad and saw in my grandfather: “You learn about life by going out there and mixing it up” Words of wisdom. I sip on my beer and feel good.