April 11th, 2011


We, at our best, like water,
serve as we go along:
Like water we seek  our own level,
the common level of life,
love living close to the earth,
living clear down in our hearts,
love kinship with our neighbors,
the pick of words that tell the truth,
the even tenor of a well-run state,
the fair profit of able dealing,
the right timing of useful deeds,
and for blocking no one's way
no one blames us
The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu (The Witter Bynner version), Terebess Asia Online (TAO)
(with minor changes in respect for the memory of Lao Tse, and the memory of Witter Bynner).


The highest good is like water.
Water give life to the ten thousand things and does not strive.
It flows in places men reject and so is like the Tao.
In dwelling, be close to the land.
In meditation, go deep in the heart.
In dealing with others, be gentle and kind.
In speech, be true.
In ruling, be just.
In daily life, be competent.
In action, be aware of the time and the season.
No fight: No blame.
"Doing the right thing" is like water.
It's good for all living things,and flows without thinking about where it's going

...just like Tao.

Keep your feet on the ground.
Remember what's important.
Be there when people need you.
Say what you mean.
Be prepared for anything.
Do whatever you can,
whenever it needs doing.

If you don't
compare yourself to others,
nobody can compare to you.

The first version is from the Fortune files. The second version is the Beatrice Tao.