title: Tao Te Ching 9 - Moderation Balance and Non Attachment

Book - Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu

Stephen Mitchell Translation

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.

Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity. - Stephen Mitchell

Other translations I like

Brim-fill the bowl, it’ll spill over. Keep sharpening the blade, you’ll soon blunt it. Nobody can protect a house full of gold and jade. Wealth, status, pride, are their own ruin. To do good, work well, and lie low is the way of the blessing. Ursula Le Guin

Over-filled, the cupped hands drip. Better to stop pouring.

One over-sharpens the well-forged blade, and it won’t last long.

With gold and jade in the hall, the house isn’t safer.

Wealth and pride are the authors of error.

When the work is completed, it’s time to retire. That is the Tao of heaven. Sam Hamill

Topics: Money Attachment Moderation