When I was in high school, one of the books all of my friends read was the Tao of Pooh. I’ve never read it, but I remember my friend Alisha saying something like, “The Tao is just about sitting by yourself, never doing anything because you just have to go with nature.” I feel like she has boiled Chapter XLVIII down to the lowest common denominator. I agree that sometimes we need to let things come to fruition, and that forcing issues oftentimes won’t get us what we want. But we need to be doing something, or else we all atrophy.
In pursuit of knowledge,
every day something is added.
In the practice of the Tao,
every day something is dropped.
Less and less do you need to force things,
until finally you arrive at non-action.
When nothing is done,
nothing is left undone.
True mastery can be gained
by letting things go their own way.
It can’t be gained by interfering.