I got this little book from my aunt the other day. It is quite special becuase it is waterproof (i.e. you can read it in the bath if you want and it won’t damage) but I have to admit, it has lain on my beside table for the last week and a half without me even peeking at it. My boyfriend picked it up and started reading it and there are some really lovely short stories and poems inside. Below is one such poem that I think is really beautiful.
LAO TZU from Tao Te Ching
The supreme good is like water,
which nourishes all things without trying to.
It is content with the low places that people disdain.
This it is like the TAO.
In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don’t try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.
When you are content to be simply yourself
and don’t compare or compete,
everybody will respect you.