5 Lessons from Lao Tzu

  • Can you celebrate life and not cling to it?
  • Can you give up control and still get things done?
  • Can you achieve your goals without forcing?
  • How the wisdom of Lao Tzu can help us go with the flow in a more general sense?
  • How can we let go, and let ourselves be carried along with the river of life?
  • How can we live more effortlessly, with less stress and anxiety?
  • How can we live a rich life and enjoy it to the fullest, with minimal interference of the natural course?

Don’t force anything.

The Master does not force virtue on others, thus she is able to accomplish her task. The ordinary person who uses force, will find that they accomplish nothing.

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, chapter 38

Don’t overburden yourself.

Those who stand on tiptoes do not stand firmly.Those who rush ahead don’t get very far.Those who try to outshine others dim their own light.

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, chapter 24

Stop controlling the world.

Do you want to rule the world and control it? I don’t think it can ever be done. The world is a sacred vessel and it can not be controlled. You will only make it worse if you try. It may slip through your fingers and disappear.

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, chapter 29

Enough is enough.

Those who know they have enough are truly wealthy.

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, chapter 33

Don’t cling to life.

I have heard that those who celebrate life walk safely among the wild animals. When they go into battle, they remain unharmed.

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, chapter 50


  • Don’t force anything
  • Don’t overburden yourself.
  • Stop controlling the world.
  • Enough is Enough
  • Don’t cling to life.




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