“What does a sage look like?
Moving with the grace of a deer
stepping through the meadow;
Alert to everything around,
never lost in the swamp of thoughts;
Always polite and generous,
never cynical or cranky,
Adaptable and flexible,
never rigid or stubborn,
Accepting of everyone,
rejecting no one.
Consider our caricatures of elders
hazardous behind the wheel,
set in their ways,
impatient and intolerant.
Let us put these myths to rest.
Our driving is alert and mindful,
not aggressive, not hurried,
yet providing no obstruction to others.
We delight in learning new things.
And we are coming to accept all living beings
with compassion and grace.”
from: The Sage’s Tao Te Ching, by William Martin