Good walkers leave no tracks.
Good talkers don’t stammer.
Good counters don’t use their fingers.
The best door is unlocked and unopened.
The best knot is not in a rope and can’t be untied.
So wise souls are good at caring for people,
never turning their back on anyone.
They’re good at looking after things,
never turning their back on anything.
There’s a light hidden here.
The beginning of everything is the mother of everything.
Truly to know the mother is to know her children,
and truly to know the children is to turn back to the mother.
The body comes to its ending but there is nothing to fear.
Close the openings, shut the doors,
and to the end of life nothing will trouble you.
Open the openings, be busy with business,
and to the end of life nothing can help you.
Insight sees the...
Can you keep your soul in its body,
hold fast to the one,
and so learn to be whole?
Can you center your energy,
be soft, tender,
and so learn to be a baby?
Can you keep the deep water still and clear,
so it reflects without blurring?
Can you love people and run things,
and do so by not doing?
Opening, closing the gate of the Universe,
can you be like a bird with her nestlings?
Piercing bright through the cosmos,
What’s softest in the world
rushes and runs
over what’s hardest in the world.
So I know the good in not doing
not many people understand it....
What’s perfectly whole seems flawed,
but you can use it forever.
What’s perfectly full seems empty,
but you can’t use it up.
True straightness looks crooked.
Great skill looks clumsy.
Real eloquence seems to stammer.
To be comfortable in the cold keep moving;
to be comfortable in the heat hold still;
to be comfortable in the world stay calm and clear....
My words are so easy to understand,
so easy to follow.
And yet nobody in the world
understands or follows them.
Words come from an ancestry
deeds from a mastery:
when these are unknown, so am I.
In my obscurity
is my value.
That’s why the wise
wear their jade under common clothes....
Do without doing,
Act without action.
Savor the flavorless.
Treat the small as large,
the few as many.
with the power of goodness.
Study the hard while it is still easy.
Do big things while they are small.
The hardest jobs in the world start out easy,
the great affairs of the world start small.
So the wise soul,
by never dealing with great things,
gets great things done.
Now, since taking things too...
You don’t have to go out the door
to know what goes on in the world.
You don’t have to look out the window
to see the way of heaven.
The farther you go
the less you know.
So the wise soul
doesn’t go, but knows;
doesn’t look, but sees;
doesn’t do, but gets it done.
Support Author: Ursula K. Le Guin and Lao-Tzu
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