Tao Te Ching – Chapter Twenty-Two
If you want to become whole,
let yourself be partial.
If you want to become straight,
let yourself be crooked.
If you want to become full,
let yourself be empty.
If you want to be reborn,
let yourself die.
If you want to be given everything,
give everything up.
The Master, by residing in the Tao,
sets an example for all beings.
Because he doesn’t display himself,
people can see his light.
Because he has nothing to prove,
people can trust his words.
Because he doesn’t know who he is,
people recognize themselves in him.
Because he has no goal in mind,
everything he does succeeds.
When the ancient Masters said,
“If you want to be given everything,
give everything up,”
they weren’t using empty phrases.
Only in being lived by the Tao can you be truly yourself.
States of the Unions
A Joint session of the United States Congress is a gathering together of the two chambers of the bicameral legislature of the federal government of the United States: the Senate and the House of Representatives. Joint sessions are held on special occasions, such as: when the President delivers a State of the Union Address; when they gather to count and certify the votes of the Electoral College (United States) following a presidential election; or when they convene on the occasion of a presidential inauguration.
Joint sessions and meetings are traditionally presided over by the Speaker of the House and take place at the House chamber. However, the Constitution requires the Vice President (as President of the Senate) to preside over the counting of electoral votes.
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