Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 13

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Who needs Taco Tuesdays when you can have Tao Tuesdays?

I am sure that Einstein would have really loved this…

Here is How it Works

I will post a chapter of the Tao Te Ching each Tuesday.  (My version – you can see all of the chapters on my List of Chapters page if you want to work ahead!) I will put a Mr. Linky entry form with it so that you can write your OWN commentary to the chapter on your own blog and then come back here after you post and add your link! Simple! (Please add the DIRECT link to your post about that particular chapter to make it easy for our readers!)

I am so excited to read what you wrote! It has been so fun for me to work with this material and I really got the depth when I started writing about it. It is my wish that you will find the same! (Plus some extra traffic to your blog!)

Don’t worry if you miss a week. Don’t worry if you just join us now and again. It is totally open. You can even go back to a previous chapter and post there. I will add each Tao Tuesday entry post to the List of Chapters page so you can read the other entries as you are reviewing all of the chapters.

We are all sages.

Chapter 13

Honor and disgrace both surprise us.

Great esteem bring trouble
because one is bound to
their own sense of self-importance.

This is why honor and disgrace surprise us.

Gaining praise makes one fall –
To receive it feels like fear.
This is why
honor and disgrace surprise us.

Trouble is caused
by a strong sense of self.

Without a sense of self,
what can trouble you?

Therefore, if one treasures themselves
by servicing others,
One is able to hold the world in her hands.

Read essay on Chapter 13


If you haven’t participated yet, why not join us next week? We will be looking at Chapter 14 next week. Or, you can always start at the beginning and do the earlier ones. They are all linked up on the List of All Chapters page so they do get looked at later on by people stopping by.



  1. I have linked to what I wrote for this chapter . . . . I hope you are feeling better, Amy.
    Louis Weltzer recently posted…CHAPTER 14 – BULLWINKLE’S MAGIC HAT – AND MOREMy Profile

  2. Amy, as always a great post, you have this gift of cutting through difficult concepts and presenting them in a understandable manner.
    Athena Brady recently posted…Broken, Chapter twoMy Profile

    • Thanks, Athena. I have to extend my hand to Lao Tzu though. These are really his words. I am just borrowing them and putting them in my own tongue.

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