Unnecessary luggage

 

 

 

He who stands stretching on tiptoe
doesn’t stand firm.
He who rushes all the time
cannot maintain the pace.
He who makes a show
dims his own light.
He who defines himself
can’t know who he really is.
He who tries to have power over others
can’t empower himself.
He who clings to his work
will create nothing that endures.

According to followers of the Tao,
These are unnecessary luggage.”
They do not bring happiness.

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching 24

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