Coast to Coast Way – Chapter 77

We walk across England on the Coast to Coast Way. Today we walk from Blakey Ridge to Glaisdale.

I read Chapter 77 of the Tao te Ching, translated by Steven Mitchell.

“As it acts in the world, the Tao
is like the bending of a bow.”

“The top is bent downward;
the bottom is bent up.”

“It adjusts excess and deficiency
so that there is perfect balance.”

“It takes from what is too much
and gives to what isn’t enough.”

“Those who try to control,
who use force to protect their power,
go against the direction of the Tao.”

We see a “grouse butt” — a “blind” for shooting birds.

We arrive in Glaisdale and visit the Glaisdale St. Thomas Church.

There is a story connected with one of the church members, Tom Ferres, a man who was in love with a local girl but was considered too poor to marry her. He planned to see her one last time before going to Sea to seek his fortune but was prevented by the flooded river. He achieved success, married the girl, and had a bridge built ( called the Pauper’s Bridge).

We looked at his photo inside the church.

We visited the bridge.

“They take from those who don’t have enough
and give to those who have far too much.”

Someone left flowers on the bridge, perhaps due to a broken relationship or a death.

“The Master can keep giving
because there is no end to her wealth.”

“She acts without expectation,
succeeds without taking credit,
and doesn’t think that she is better
than anyone else.”

We eat pork pies and drink water for lunch.

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