The Dao De Jing
PART ONE  DAO (THE WAY)
6th page 23 - 25

a modern interpretation of lao tzu
perpetrated by Ron Hogan

23.

When you have nothing to say,
you may as well keep your mouth shut.
The wind and the rain don't go on forever.
If nature knows enough to give it a rest sometimes,
so should you.

If you're ready for Dao,
you can live with Dao.
If you're ready to succeed,
you can live with success.

If you're ready to fail, you can live with failure.
Trust your instincts, and others will trust you.

24.

Keep your feet firmly planted
unless you want to fall on your face.
Learn how to pace yourself
if you want to get anywhere.
Don't call attention to yourself
if you want people to notice your work.

Nobody respects people
who always have excuses.
Nobody gives credit to people
who always take it.
People who hype themselves
have nothing else to offer.

Think of being in touch with Dao
like eating at a buffet:
Take only what you need.
Save some for everybody else.

 

25.

Something perfect
has existed forever,
even longer than the universe.
It's a vast, unchanging void.
There's nothing else like it.
It goes on forever and never stops,
and everything else came from it.

I don't know what else to call it
so I'll call it Dao.
What's it like?
I can tell you this much: it's great.

So great that it endures.
Something that endures
goes a long way.
And something that goes a long way
always comes back to the beginning.

Dao's great.
Heaven's great.
Earth's great.
And someone in touch with Dao
is great, too.
Those are the four greatest things
in the universe.

Someone who's in touch with Dao
is in touch with the earth.
The earth is in touch with heaven.
Heaven's in touch with Dao.
Dao's in touch with the way things are.

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