Tao 8 Continued

I posted on the 24th, a beginning consideration of Tao 8, now I continue. I had intended on making observations throughout working life, considering one chapter from the Tao Te Ching each week.

This is something I started before this blog, hence, now I’m on Tao 8. Here again is my post with concluding thoughts:

Tao 8

The highest good is like water.

Water gives life to the ten thousand things and does not strive

It flows in places men reject, and so is like the Tao.

In dwelling, be close to the land

In meditation, go deep in the heart.

In dealing with others, be gentle and kind.

In speech, be true.

In ruling, be just.

In business, be competent.

In action, watch the timing.

No fight: No blame.

Obvious observation, wu wei, not striving, therefore not overreaching and/or agitating others. Similar to eliminating desire, and the noble eight fold path:

right view

right intention

right speech

right action

right livelihood

right effort

right mindfulness

right concentration

Observation: Being a good facilitator, getting staff what they need to get the job done, handing out praise and thanks, and not expecting any for myself. All of these ‘suggestions’ especially the last five, are directly applicable to the work place.

Final thoughts: In regards to the suggested practices above, being authentic in what you do, and doing it well, Qou fac et bene. (Irony alert, I may or may not have this translated correctly 🙂 ) Craftwork in any profession, is built from expectations, and written into action items. These are developed into daily routines, and then success measured by gaps between this performance and expectation.

The highest good is like water. Time to flow, people! 🙂


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