Bend and you will be whole.
Curl and you will be straight.
Keep empty and you will be filled.
Grow old and you will be renewed.
Have much and you will be confused. Therefore, the Sage embraces the One,
And becomes a Pattern to all under Heaven.
He does not make a show of himself,
Hence he shines;
Does not justify himself, Hence he becomes known;
Does not boast of his ability,
Hence he gets his credit;
Does not brandish his success,
Hence he endures;
Does not compete with anyone,
Hence no one can compete with him.
Indeed, the ancient saying, “Bend and you will remain whole” is no idle word.
Nay, if you have really attained wholeness, everything will flock to you. My take on it?
Yield, Bend, Focus, Flow
Do, Open, Be, Flourish
Nobody can compete with that More thoughts:
Do not focus on the outward trappings of success, they are empty.
Do no focus on defeating your competitors, better yourself.
Don’t fight – dodge
Don’t contend – learn
Focus and be simply the best
And all will come to you.