like water

October 22, 2017

Some more goodness from the Tao te Ching, excerpt from chapter 8 (Stephen Mitchell translation):

The supreme good is like water,
which nourishes all things without trying to.
It is content with the low places that people disdain.
Thus it is like the Tao.

In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don’t try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.

Many chapters in the Tao seem to require much thought and interpretation. I like this one because it is very straightforward and provides some nice guidelines by which to live.

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