Cotswold Way – Chapter 3

We are on the Cotswold Way, a 102 mile hike in England. Today we walk from Killkiney Inn to Birdlip.

Much of the hike today involves walking beside escarpment — looking down at Cheltenham, England.

I read Chapter 3 of the Tao te Ching, translated by Steven Mitchell.

“If you overesteem great men,
people become powerless.”

“If you overvalue possessions,
people begin to steal.”

“The Master leads
by emptying people’s minds”

I see an incredible butterfly but am unable to get close enough to document its beauty.

“and filling their cores,
by weakening their ambition”

“and toughening their resolve.”

We come to some information boards that describe the archeological history of this area.

The area was occupied during the Neolithic, Iron Age, and Post-Roman Age.

I watch a bee on a flower on the side of the Iron Age Bank.

“He helps people lose everything
they know, everything they desire,
and creates confusion
in those who think that they know.”

Remaining earth of the “long mound.”

“Practice not-doing,
and everything will fall into place.”

We look at Cheltenham, again.

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