“Act without doing;
work without effort.
Think of the small as large
and the few as many.
Confront the difficult
while it is still easy;
accomplish the great task
by a series of small acts.

The Master never reaches for the great;
thus she achieves greatness.
When she runs into difficulty,
she stops and gives herself to it.
She doesn’t cling to her own comfort;
thus problems are no problem for her.”

Tao Te Ching: A New English Version, with Foreword and Notes, by Stephen Mitchell
Chosen November 23, 2012


1 Response to 63

  1. Elisa's Spot says:

    Very funny and a chide at once combined with today’s Solar Question asking me what refreshes me, and my thoughts and comments to that about working and waiting my turn to be me. It’s become a great chore or lament of mine. “She doesn’t cling to her own comfort, thus problems are no problem for her.” hmm Some things are ‘great’ and some are not, on my priority list. This, while needed in a day to know what to attend to and in what order–so I still think, is perhaps contributing to a view of a very large gap between doings. still thinking, yummy rain outside!

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