To maintain control you must let things go
If your house is filled with treasures your sleep is always uneasy
You do not know when strangers will approach
Take all you can and fill your coffers with gold
Throwing it back to the crowd be sure to increase your lot
When you have attained fortune and fame retire from the world
Enjoy your new ease and grace
This is the way of the wise
It does not make sense to continue hoarding after you have enough. People will see you as rapacious and will attempt to relieve you of the burden of your wealth. The same applies to one who would suggest to others that he is the master of reality in the arena of competition. If you have won a prize, you must first continue your devotion to the source that provided it to you. More ease and grace will appear in your life and you will continue in the path of understanding. Not to do so indicates a lack of your responsibility to the Spirit of the Thing Itself. When you lose your connection to the Universe, you will see that the Spirit of the Thing Itself has lost Its connection to you.
To avoid the embarrassment of false pride, arrogance and conceit, focus on releasing your need to prove yourself to anyone or anything. Devotion to the Spirit of the Thing Itself will increase its desire to reveal more of itself to you. How simple it is to live in the embrace of Heaven while treading your daily path! When you accomplish much, you should understand that it is time for you to go to the mountain and express your life with pleasure and ease and never in the face of the enemy—who may not even know they are your enemy until they become aware of your possessions. Never permit anyone to know your level of knowing. They will blame you for their failure.
Excerpt from The Living Tao – Meditations on the Tao Te Ching to Empower Your Life.
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