I have been re-reading some of the work of Lao Tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher. Although I am not a Taoist, Lao Tzu’s work the Tao Te Ching is a favorite text of mine.

“Manifest plainness,/Embrace simplicity,/Reduce selfishness,/Have few desires.”

“Be Content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”
“The sage does not hoard. The more he helps others, the more he benefits himself, The more he gives to others, the more he gets himself. The Way of Heaven does one good but never does one harm. The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete.”
“Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained.”

And finally, one of my favorites:

“Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.”

Reflections for a Tuesday night…

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