Daodejing Chapter 33: Those who know themselves are enlightened

Daodejing Chapter 33

Those who know others are wise;
Those who know themselves are enlightened.
Those who conquer others have force;
Those who conquer themselves are strong.
Those who know they have enough are wealthy.
Those who persevere have willpower.
Those who do not lose their roots endure.
Those who die but are not forgotten live forever.

While it’s important to understand the thoughts and motivations of other people, it’s even more critical to be aware of what makes you tick and your strengths and weaknesses.

Having the honesty and resolve to overcome the weaknesses you identify is a huge challenge. How many times have you promised yourself that you will work harder, spend more time with your family and friends, or increase your exercise only to give up at the first hurdle? Conquering such frailties makes you truly powerful.

Finding contentment in your life can be just as difficult. No matter where you look, there always seems to be someone happier, wealthier, and more successful than you are. At least on the surface! The key is to set the right path and have the courage and willpower to follow it through thick and thin.

Be true to yourself. People who try to be what they’re not will be easily forgotten.

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