Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Being flexible

When life begins
we are tender and weak
When life ends
we are stiff and rigid
All things, including the grass and trees,
are soft and pliable in life
and dry in brittle in death

So the soft and supple
are the companion of life
While the stiff and unyielding
are the companions of death

An army that cannot yield
will be defeated
A tree that cannot bend
will crack in the wind
Thus by Nature's own decree
the hard and strong are defeated
while the soft and gentle are triumphant
Lao Tzu

If you realize that all things change,
there is nothing you will try
to hold on to.

Lao Tzu