Daily Tao, S. Mitchell Translation, Ch. 8 Excerpt Thursday, Jul 31 2008 

The supreme good is like water,
which nourishes all things without trying to.
It is content with the low places that people disdain.
Thus it is like the Tao.

In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don’t try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.

When you are content to be simply yourself
and don’t compare or compete,
everybody will respect you.

Absolutely fantastic passage. Lao Tzu makes some direction here on ways to make life simpler. In particular, I find that being fair and generous in conflict is one of the most helpful things I’ve ever done, as well as being completely present in family life. Even if a few of these ultimatums seem to be unreachable for you, at least make the effort to begin; it’s a never-ending path. When you are satisfied with your self, you’ll never have to look for happiness in anything else.


Daily Tao, S. Mitchell Translation, Ch. 68 Excerpt Wednesday, Jul 30 2008 

The best athlete
wants his opponent at his best.
The best general
enters the mind of his enemy.
The best businessman
serves the communal good.
The best leader
follows the will of the people.

All of them embody
the virtue of non-competition.
Not that they don’t love to compete,
but they do it in the spirit of play.
In this they are like children
and in harmony with the Tao.

Children love to play. And, ironically, even though children seem to be wired to play, they’re the best learners in the world. The uninhibited, carefree nature of children, in a way, allows them to absorb their world through the medium of awe. Awe, to me, can be a powerful tool. When you fully sense the sublime organization of the world and accept it, there is only more to seek and little else to fear. Fear is rarely a characteristic attributed to children unless they feel a sense of abandonment–otherwise children generally feel content, and are able to accomplish many things effortlessly.