This passage means a lot to me because it always reminds me to stay humble. In a world were everyone is trying to be something and define themselves I find this passage relaxing because I refuse to define myself, not because I want to but because I have seen in my life that who I am changes often. There is no point in doing this aside from the need of the ego. We are fluid not fixed, this is freedom and liberation.
Peace & love
He who stands on tiptoe
doesn’t stand firm.
He who rushes ahead
doesn’t go far.
He who tries to shine
dims his own light.
He who defines himself
can’t know who he really is.
He who has power over other
can’t empower himself.
He who clings to his work
will create nothing that endures.
If you want to accord with the Tao,
Just do your job, then let go.
Lao-tzu, Tao te ching
If you want to be a great leader,
You must learn to follow the Tao.
Stop trying to control.
Let go of fixed plans and concepts,
and the world will govern itself,
The more prohibitions you have,
the less virtuous people will be,
The more weapons you have,
the less secure people will be,
The more subsidies you have,
the less self-reliant people will be.
Therefore the Master says:
I let go of the law,
and people become honest.
I let go of economics,
and people become prosperous.
I let go of religion,
and people become serene.
I let go of all desire for the common good,
and the good becomes common as grass
- Lao- tzu, Tao te Ching