Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 76

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I got this great photo at www.hetemeel.com!

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 76

When a person is young,
they are soft and tender.

When a person dies,
they are rigid and stiff.

When the Ten Thousand things are alive,
they are delicately tender –
when they are dead, they are brittle and dry.

unyielding hardness is death’s companion.
The soft and gentle are life’s companions.

Forceful armies will not win.
Trees unable to bend will ultimately yield the axe.

The strong and stiff will fall.
The soft and supple will endure.

Read the essay on Chapter 76



If you haven’t participated yet, why not join us next week? We will be looking at Chapter 77 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. Sorry I wasn’t here Tuesday – this week needed to sit with me for quite a while before the writing could happen. I love this so much. I love that I am getting to peel away layers of my stinky onion and grow and become because of shifting perspectives, and learning.

    Thank you, again, from the precious part of my heart that keeps wanting more – for being here and being an inspiration to dig and dwell and blossom!
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    • Stinky onion? heehee. That is an interesting perspective. I have been taking a little break – being distracted by Christmas prep and all. I’m making mittens for my daughter and they are turning out to be a bit more than I bargained for, timewise! Glad that you are enjoying the series. It’s a great exercise in self discovery.
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