In the pursuit of new ideas and new thinking, I’ve started reading the Tao Te Ching in the last few months. After reading the Tao of Pooh in school, it seemed like a good avenue to look for alternative ways of approaching life. As I understand, the reader is meant to read only one section per year and reflect on that section for the full twelve months. If I did that I would never be able to finish the book (perhaps that’s the point) and, on top of that, I would struggle with maintaining the patience. I have opted to read on passage each month until I’m finished.
“…the Sage manages his affairs without ado, and spreads his teaching without talking. He denies nothing to the teeming things. He rears them, but lays no claim to them. He does his work, but sets no store by it. He accomplishes his task, but does not dwell upon it.
And yet it is just because he does not dwell on it that nobody can ever take it away from him.”
Tao Te Ching