or break,
to have to decide at all
could be our worst fall.


Choices are sometimes deceiving;
you can be lured
by the sweetest bait.


So make your decision wisely,
    because to change your mind
            could be too late.
Life is about choices,
for however we decide,

We'll have to live with our decision
until the day we have died.
[2]
                    People always ask how to follow Tao.

It is as easy and natural
as the heron standing in the water.
    The bird moves when it must;
    it does not move
            when stillness is appropriate.

            The secret of its serenity is a type of vigilance,
            a contemplative state.
                    The heron is not in mere dumbness or sleep.
                            It knows a lucid stillness.

                            It stands unmoving in the flow of the water.
                            It gazes unperturbed and is aware.

                    When Tao brings it something that it needs,
                    it seizes the opportunity
                    without hesitation or deliberation.
    
            Then it goes back to its quiescence
            without disturbing itself or its surroundings.

    Unless it found the right position in the water's flow
    and remained patient,
it would not have succeeded.

Actions in life
can be reduced to two factors;
positioning and timing.

    If we are not in the right place
            at the right time,

            we cannot possibly take advantage
                    of what life has to offer us.

                    Almost anything is appropriate
                    if an action is in accord with
                            the time and place.


                    But we must be vigilant and prepared.

                    Even if the time and the place are right,
                    we can still miss our chance
                    if we do not notice the moment,
                    if we act inadequately,
                            or if we hamper ourselves
                                    with doubts
                                            and second thoughts.

                    When life presents an opportunity,
                      we must be ready to seize it
                     without hesitation or inhibition.

                              Position is useless
                              without awareness.

                                    If we have both,
                            we make no mistakes. [2]


                    There comes a time in your life,
            when you must decide,

            No help from anyone,
    on which you've always relied.


    Between right and wrong,
    between black and white,

            Between good and bad,
            to walk away or fight.

    To be honest and true.
    to be open with your heart,
            Or to hide your feelings,
                    play it safe from the start.

                    To sit back and watch,
                       to listen and learn,


                           
 Or jump into the fire,
                            taking a chance on a burn.


                                            To stay;
                                            to move;

                                            to not care,
                                                    or always prove.

                                                    To be strong,
                                                    to be weak,
                                            to be aggressive,
                                            to be meek.

                                    To laugh out loud with all your might,
                            or smile a little just to be polite.

                            To stay together;
                            to live apart;

                    to think with your mind,
            or trust your with heart.

    To live in the past;
    to always look back;


    to look ahead to the future,
            with ambition you won't lack.

                    Begun at the front;
                    or start at the end,
                            believe in your own self,
                                   
 or follow the trend.

                                    To dream;
                                    to hope;
                                            to quit,
                                            to cope.

                                            To be a lover,
                                            to be a friend
                                                    to be real,
                                                            or just pretend.
Position Choice


    Heron stands in the blue estuary,
    Solitary, white, unmoving for hours.
            A fish! Quick avian darting;
                    The prey is captured.
Acknowledgements
[1] – Positioning  ~(Deng Ming-Dao)
[2] – Choices  ~Unknown
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