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Yield and Overcome February 28, 2008

Filed under: inspiration,Taoism — Karen Shafer @ 9:20 pm

‘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 wise men 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.’

~~Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching (22)


2 Responses to “Yield and Overcome”

  1. mrs. f5 Says:

    The miraculous thing about blogging… about sending your words, thoughts and inspiration out into the world on a wing and a prayer… is that you never know whom you might move. Or provoke. Or inspire.

    I’ve absolutely adored reading your blog in one sitting tonight. Your words and your stories have moved me; this verse has inspired me. Thank you for sharing it all. I can’t wait to read more!

  2. Karen Shafer Says:

    Thanks more than I can say for the encouragement. It comes at a very good time.

    Coming from one of the best writers I know, it is even more appreciated!


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