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Tao Te Tuesday

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Act without doing;
work without effort.
Think of the small as large
and the few as many.
Confront the difficult
while it is still easy;
accomplish the great task
by a series of small acts.

The Master never reaches for the great;
thus she achieves greatness.
When she runs into a difficulty,
she stops and gives herself to it.
She doesn't cling to her own comfort;
thus problems are no problem for her.
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Tao Te Ching, a New English Version, copyright ©️ 1988 by Stephen Mitchell, published by HarperCollins. All rights reserved.

Six practical advice that will teach you how to live:

  1. Act without doing; work without effort.

Flow is a real thing: It’s a state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter. This experience is not reserved for professional musicians or athletes. It’s dosen’t have to be something you occasionally bump into by chance. It’s something that can be found if looked for. Anywhere. Everywhere.1

  1. Think of the small as large and the few as many.

You can live with a mindset of abundance or one of scarcity. Good news! Neither is true: so pick whichever you want.

  1. Confront the difficult while it is still easy; accomplish the great task by a series of small acts.

Want to write a book? Start with one chapter. Want to develop an app? Start with a mock-up. A healthy body is sculpted one day at a time. A piano concerto is learned one bar at a time.

  1. The Master never reaches for the great; thus she achieves greatness.

You don't notice your progress in life because you are always raising the bar.2 And what good is progress if you’re always miserable?

  1. When she runs into a difficulty, she stops and gives herself to it.

She treats it as she would an honored guest. Attentive, receptive, and alert to whatever action is required.

  1. She doesn't cling to her own comfort; thus problems are no problem for her.

An old Taoist Master once said after losing his wife: “Before I met my wife, I was happy. Now, I am just as before; why shouldn’t I be happy?”


Quote of the Week

“Half of what I say is meaningless; but I say it so that the other half will reach you”

- Khalil Gibran


Song Picks of the Week (Official TTT Playlist here)

  1. Ani Kuni - Polo & Pan (Electronic with a sort of Western vibe)

  1. Otherside - Monolink (Melodic House)

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Until next Tuesday.

1

For further insight into how to infuse your life with more moments of flow read Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

2

Unknown source, I found it on Reddit.

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