We travel from Patterdale to Shap, taking a ferry and walking to Shap. We take an alternative route from the Coast to Coast Way in order to take the steamer on Ullswater. We carry sun umbrellas because the sun is very hot and the wind is not as strong as during previous days.
I read Chapter 66 of the Tao te Ching, translated by Steven Mitchell.
“All streams flow to the sea
because it is lower than they are.”
“Humility gives it its power.”
“If you want to govern the people,
you must place yourself below them.”
We reach a place where there is a circle of stones constructed thousands of years ago by pre-Christian people.
“If you want to lead the people,
you must learn how to follow them.”
“The Master is above the people,
and no one feels oppressed.”
“She goes ahead of the people,
and no one feels manipulated.”
We reach a small village, not too far from Shap, where we were told that we could find the path to Shap by walking through the cemetery toward the river.
“The whole world is grateful to her.
Because she competes with no one,
no one can compete with her.”