leave no tracks

by Josh

In Awe
So there is this ancient book of wisdom, called Tao Te Ching.
It is so wise, that almost no one understands the stuff that is in it (I’ve tried).
The clearest advice I could find in there is:

“The best runner leaves no tracks”

Firstly, this is obviously real, ancient running advice.
Shortening your stride, and increasing your stride frequency makes you run on your forefoot. I’m no doctor (but an experienced barefoot runner) and this is the best running advice I’ve had so far (and the best I can give).
It makes running a whole lot less painful.

We don’t need to run to leave tracks.
We leave tracks all over the show, all the time, actively and passively.
We might leave a toothpaste stain in the sink or some breadcrumbs on the breakfast table, cigarette buds on our doorstep and half a ton of CO2 on our way to work.
Then there’s the sandwich plastic bag that floats away with the wind and the funny-meant, but hurtful remark about your colleague.
That nauseating poo-stench?
Comes from the animals you like to devour for dinner.

Leaving places and people better than we found them, means to leave no tracks.
A clean kitchen looks like no one has been there.
A happy person might not remember that it was your smile, your compliment that made their day.
Good deeds, if done right, leave no tracks.

Leaving no tracks is close to impossible.
But we can make them small, even invisible.