I don’t pretend to understand the Tao Te Ching, but one chapter has always stood out as a fascinating example of how what’s “not there” is often what’s most useful:
We join spokes together in a wheel,
but it is the center hole that makes the wagon move.
We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside that holds what we want.
We hammer wood for a house,
but it is the inner space that makes it livable.
Therefore benefit comes from what is there;
Usefulness from what is not there.
Today, some inhaling!