Tao Tuesdays: Chapter 79

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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 79

In settling a bitter dispute,
there sometimes is a bit of resentment left over.

How can this be remedied?

The sage holds the debt
and does not lay blame on others.

The virtuous own their obligations.
Those lacking virtue own no mistakes.

The Way is impartial,
but supports the path of virtue.

Read the essay on Chapter 79



If you haven’t participated yet, why not join us next week? We will be looking at Chapter 73 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 didn’t mean to enter twice. The linky did the first link to an old article.

    This was incredibly powerful for me today – to see how fulfilling my own obligations and correcting my own mistakes makes me more fully alive to help others and not be a part of the blame game.

    Thank you!
    Liesl Garner recently posted…A Matter of PerspectiveMy Profile

  2. Hi Amy. Yes its hard sometimes to pick up our responsibility in an argument, especially when we feel upset and angry. Then to really let dissolve and let it go. I always try to have compassion for the other person as quickly as I can, even if I don’t agree with them or feel hurt. I know that they also suffer, though right now I find it hard with certain politicians and people ‘in power’ who abuse their positions.
    All I can do then, is remember we are all diverse and its also important for me to have a voice against harm being done to others.
    I notice I digress, but maybe not, as an unresolved dispute with one person can grow to disputes among communities and then, countries. So if we can all take responsibility for ourselves and follow ‘the wise sage’, perhaps I, we and world can become more peaceful.
    Happy Christmas/Holidays to you and your family and all.

    • Hi Sherry,

      Sorry it took me so long to respond. I am away from home over the holidays and away from my blog for a bit. Thanks for your response.

      Forgiveness can be tricky. It helps me to remember that the forgiveness is more to help myself than to help anyone else. It frees me up from having this problem take over my mind and my life. We all have things that we’ve done that need forgiving, so focusing on the times that we have done things without realizing how much we have hurt others also helps. This is an example of our oneness.

      The particular issue is not as important as the energetic exchange. We’ve all been there. If we are able to let it go for our loved ones, then someone will let it go for us when the time comes and we will feel that relief. As much as we would like others to own their own mistakes, we can’t control this. Our feeling that we need to is our own problem, not theirs.
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