Friday, February 24, 2012

22: The Paradox of Letting Go

When we give of ourselves we become more. When we desire little a great deal will come to us. Let go in order to achieve, this is the wisdom of the feminine. 

The Tao
Lao Tsu tells us:

Yield and overcome;
Bend and be straight;
Empty and be full;
Wear out and be new;
Have little and gain;
Have much and be confused.

Therefore wise men embrace the one
And set an example to all.
Not putting on a display,
They shine forth.
Not justifying themselves,
They are distinguished.
Not boasting,
They receive recognition.
Not bragging,
They never falter.
They do not quarrel,
So no one quarrels with them.
Therefore the ancients say “Yield and overcome.”
Is that an empty saying?
Be really whole,
And all things will come to you.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

"By giving up trying and going with the flow they can overcome obstacles and achieve the objectives. An empty space allows itself to be filled."

So true. Unfortunately many who advance to the rank of manger got there by bullying their way. They think it's the only valid way to get things done.