Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Tuesday Morning Wisdom from Lao Tzu
Bits and pieces from the Tao Te Ching.
No explanations needed, I’ll let Lao Tzu do some talking.
The best leader is one whose existence is barely known
Next best is one who is loved and praised
Next is one who is feared
Worst of all is a leader who is despised
If you fail to trust people
They won’t turn out to be trustworthy
The wise person sets an example by
Emptying his mind
Opening his heart
Relaxing his ambitions
Relinquishing his desires
Cultivating his character
Having conquered his own cunning and cravings
He can’t be manipulated by anyone.
Knowing others is intelligence
Knowing the self is enlightenment
Conquering others is power
Conquering the self is strength
Know what is enough, and you’ll be rich
Persevere, and you’ll develop a will
Remain in the center, and you’ll always be at home
The wise person acts without effort
And teaches by quiet example
He accepts things as they come
Creates without possessing
Nourishes without demanding
Accomplishes without taking credit.
That the birds of worry fly over your head
This you cannot prevent
But that they build nests in your hair
This you can!
The five colors blind the eye
The five tones deafen the ear
The five flavors overwhelm the palate
Fancy things get in the way of one’s growth
Racing here and there
Hunting for this and that
Good ways to madden your mind, that’s all
Relinquish what is without
Cultivate what is within
Live for your center, not your senses
If you compete with no one
No one can compete with you.