Being Breath

stories from the wilderness of everyday life

To Find Serenity

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.

 

-from the Tao te Ching, A New English Version by Stephen Mitchell