Tao Te Ching

Verse Twenty Two – 22

Yield and overcome;
Bend and be straight;
Empty and be full;
Wear out and be new;
Have little and gain;
Have much and be confused.

Therefore the wise embrace the one
And set an example to all.
Not putting on a display,
They shine forth.
Not justifying themselves,
They are distinguished.
Not boasting,
They receive recognition.
Not bragging,
They never falter.
They do not quarrel,
So no one quarrels with them.

Therefore the ancients say, “Yield and overcome.”
Is that an empty saying?
Be really whole,
And all things will come to you.

In this verse, Lao Tzu discusses the value of humility, flexibility, and simplicity in life. By yielding and embracing the Tao (the natural way of the universe), one can overcome obstacles and find harmony. The wise person does not seek recognition or boast about their achievements; instead, they let their actions speak for themselves. The verse suggests that by being whole and embracing the Tao, all things will come naturally to you.



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