A Reflection on Serenity

Ancient writings can provide fresh guidance for today’s concerns. I find great wisdom in reading “Tao Te Ching: A New English Version (Perennial Classics)” (Lao Tzu) translated by Stephen Mitchell. One of my favorite chapters is number 9. I encourage you to read this with a still mind and find the personal message this has for you.

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Fill your bowl to the top and it will spill
Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt

Chase after money and security
and your heart will never unclench

Care about people’s approval
and you will be their prisoner

Do your work, then step back
The only path to serenity.

Until later,


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