To make teachings of Tao a way of life, put them to work.
To put the teachings of Tao Te Ching to work, do these!
First, staying detached.
Tao teaches us to flow with the laws of the universe. The laws of the universe, however, favors no man; and so if you impose your desires on what you think the ways things ought to happen, more often than not you would be disappointed. “One who desires to take the world and acts upon it, I see that it cannot be done,” says Lao Tzu.
Instead, learn to stay detached and observe the workings of nature. You will be rewarded by making the best use of what is.
When you manage people, for example, stay detached and see the merits of each person’s character and behaviors, so that you can allow him to perform his best. It does not matter whether you like him or not. When you manage your tasks, do first the critical things, rather than what you like.
By staying detached, you are following “The Way” to do things, rather than “Your Way”.
Second, letting go.
When we were born, we were innocent and pure. As we grow older, we want more and more and yet more and more, so go the wild goose chase. Chances are that we cannot always have things our ways and as a result, we fill ourselves with unhappiness, fear and anxiety.
Let yourself go, and allow your nature to take its course! Smell the sweetness of life and enjoy the whispers of your loved ones.
“If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich,” says Lao Tzu.
Third, keeping things simple.
The world is complex and yet simple. Follow the laws of nature and keep to the fundamentals! Chances are that you are able to make things work without having to go through the maze of complexity.
On the other hand, while it is good to be ambitious and dream big, do not overwhelm yourself with unrealistic goals and greed. Lay the path and be patient enough to walk the path. Take a solid step a day and you are nearer to your goals day by day.
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” says Lao Tzu.
Thanks to Erick Houli for the picture.