the highest good

I’m reposting this translation of a stanza from the Tao that was sent to me by Panhala Poetry. It is solid life advice:

The highest good is like water.
Water gives life to the ten thousand things and does not strive. 
It flows in places men reject and so is like the Tao.
In dwelling, be close to the land.
In meditation, go deep in the heart. 
In dealing with others, be gentle and kind. 
In speech, be true. 
In ruling, be just. 
In business, be competent. 
In action, watch the timing.
–Tao Te Ching
(Translation by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English)
 water rushing over rocks

5 thoughts on “the highest good

I welcome comments and discussion!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s