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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Sharpening your Knife

Part 3 of a the 5 parts series on serenity.

Fill your bowl to the brim
And it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife
And it will blunt.
Chase after money and security
And your heart will never unclench.
Care about people’s approval
And you will be their prisoner.

Do your work, then step back
The only path to serenity.

~ From Tao Te Ching as translated by Stephen Mitchell

This week let’s explore the second line:
Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.
Over sharpening is when we have done something too long or too much or so meticulously that by the time we get to the point, the point has lost its edge, or the reason has lost its purpose.
Over sharpening makes things less by becoming more and happens throughout life by . . .
Adding one more pinch of seasoning,
Wearing one too many accessories,
Over packing for too many just-in-case scenarios,
Using too many words when fewer is better,
And even citing too many examples of counterproductive excess.
You get the idea.
When we spend so much time doing the work of doing our work, we don’t leave room to step back.

Do your work, then step back.
The only path to serenity.

Thank you for reading.

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