"Nothing in the world is as soft and yielding as water
Yet for dissolving the hard and inflexible, nothing can surpass it.
The soft overcomes the hard, and the gentle overcomes the rigid.
Everyone knows this is true, but few can put it into practice.
The best of man is like water, which benefits all things.
The best benefits all things, and does not contend with them.
It flows down to places that others disdain,
where it is in harmony with the Way.
A good traveler has no fixed plans
and is not intent upon arriving.
And so the sage:
Lives within nature
and thinks within the deep.
There is a time for being in motion,
a time for being at rest;
a time for being vigorous,
a time for being exhausted;
a time for being safe,
a time for being in danger.
The master does not seek fulfillment.
Not seeking and not expecting,
he is present and welcomes all things.
He flows down to places that others disdain,
where he is in harmony with the Way.
Return is the movement, yielding is the way.
All things end in the Tao, as rivers flow into the sea.
The world is sacred.
It can't be improved.
If you tamper with it,
you'll ruin it.
If you treat it like an object,
you'll lose it.
The master doesn't seek fulfillment.
When there is no desire,
all things are at peace.
Act without doing;
work without effort.
Accomplish the great task
by a series of small acts."
Tao Te Ching