A new day

Forgiveness, or concluding resentment, is my theme today.

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be” Lao Tzu



  1. Which chapter of the Tao Te Ching is this (supposedly) from? I am thinking it is probably a version of this from chapter 22: “Use yourself up, and you are renewed.” but it is hard to tell for sure. Transations of the Tao Te Ching vary so widely, and sometimes it is more the translator’s words than what is actually in the text.

  2. I probably should have been more specific… as far as I know this quote isn’t in the text of Tao Te Ching. My understanding is that the quote has been attributed to Laotzu.

    I honestly just love the quote and it helps me through times like these…

  3. Yeah, I think I finally figured it out. I read somewhere else that it is from John Heider’s book The Tao of Leadership. A great book, but only loosely based on Lao Tzu. It is really Heider’s quote, stimulated by Lao Tzu. That doesn’t take away the value of the quote. Obviously people like it because I’ve seen it in many places — you are not the only one at all by far — I just wish it was attributed correctly by everyone.

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