Holding a cup and overfilling it
Cannot be as good as stopping short
Pounding a blade and sharpening it
Cannot be kept for long
Gold and jade fill up the room
No one is able to protect them
Wealth and position bring arrogance
And leave disasters upon oneself
When achievement is completed, fame is attained
This is the Tao of Heaven
When you achieve something let it go. If you hold onto the glory – or rather try to cling onto it – it will only fester. Glory and fame are short-lived. Tomorrow everyone will have forgotten about you and moved onto something or someone else.
Recognise your achievements by all means but only for yourself. Let them go and then they will benefit everyone. It is the altruistic thing to do. Holding onto pride will only cause you pain and suffering as you come to realise nothing lasts forever.
Pride comes before a fall as they say. No one likes a show-off, someone who is too full of himself. Stay humble, don’t brag – no one is impressed. That way you will never be disappointed.
The credit is not just yours. It belongs to everyone. We are all connected so when you do good to others you do good for yourself and vice versa. If you harm someone else you also harm yourself. The pain will run deep and it any affect you for lifetimes. Also forgive yourself and release any past wrongs. Guilt does not serve you. It is a very selfish emotion and self-indulgent. The past is gone and cannot be changed but now you see the error of your ways you can choose to live a quieter, more ethical life going forward. Remember you were doing your best based on what you knew at the time, now you know better and that is to be celebrated but not in an arrogant way of course.
Seek peace by being peaceful. Calm your thoughts. Make space for quiet times in your life. Put away your phone and go out in nature every day. Reconnect to yourself and others. No person is ever truly alone. We are all connected throughout time and space. Time and space are both illusions anyway. The only place is here and the only time is now.