The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.
That without substance (non-being) penetrates that where there is no space.
Hence I know the value of non-action.
Performing without actions–
Teaching without words-
This is the way of the sage.
Few in the world can understand it.
As I Understand It:
Water penetrates surfaces where there’s no space. Quietly in slow motion it carves away even granite. Let’s live like water-let’s go off the pressure to be better and faster than others. Let tension cease, task simplify, performance level improve. Let softness become a source of power and overcome others’ hardness.
Master paints effortlessly. Author flows without force. Creator’s life is that of non-action–as soft as water.
Softer we become easier is our life. People who lead their lives effortlessly are magnetic. They attract currents of health, wealth, success and luck. Dynamic energy rises from static energy that has potentiality. This is difficult to understand.
The Way of Lao Tzu, tr. Wing-Tsit Chan, The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc. 1963.
Dyer, Wayne W., Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of Tao. Hay House, Inc. 2007.
Wonderful interpretation. It is difficult to understand, often harder to live!