The Great Tao flows everywhere.
It may go left or right.
All things depend on it for life, and it does not turn away from them.
It accomplishes its task, but does not claim credit for it.
It clothes and feeds all things but does not claim to be master over them.
Always without desires, it may be called The Small.
All things come to it and it does not master them;
it may be called The Great.
Therefore the sage never strives himself for the great, and thereby the great is achieved.
This week’s Tao of the Day posts are from Wing-Tsit Chan’s excellent Source Book in Chinese Philosophy. Getting a translation from someone who spoke Chinese first and English later is a good thing.