Bite-Sized Tao Te Ching
The Tao Te Ching addresses how best to approach life, not by finding or creating a set of rules to follow, but by understanding how the world ‘works’ and seeing our relation to others and our shared environment.
This takes a combination of action and reflection. While modern culture promotes and rewards engagement and activity, it undervalues the silence, calm and balance that allow deeper wisdom to blossom. These aphorisms can help bring the ‘Yin’ into proper interaction with today’s dominant ‘Yang’.
This poetic portrait of reality can also be seen as a blueprint for a better life or even a guidebook for leadership. The cornerstone of Taoist thinking has been translated countless times. I draw from The Tao of Leadership, an interpretation of the Tao Te Ching by John Heider.
The Tao Te Ching is already a concise work. My synthesis of each verse (or chapter) into an aphorism of roughly tweet length represents what most stands out to me. I hope you find it helpful.