Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Do Your Work and Then Step Back

Fill your bowl to the brim
    and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife
    and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security
    and your heart will never unclench.
Care about people's approval
    and you will be their prisoner.

Burano, Italy

Do your work and then step back.
The only path to serenity.

--The Tao Te Ching, 9
   Stephen Mitchell

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