A person of great virtue is like the flowing water. Water benefits all things and contends not with them.
It puts itself in a place that no one wishes to be and thus is closest to Tao. A virtuous person is like water which adapts itself to the perfect place. His mind is like the deep water that is calm and peaceful.
His heart is kind like water that benefits all.
His words are sincere like the constant flow of water.
His governing is natural without desire which is like the softness of water that penetrates through hard rocks.
His work is of talent like the free flow of water.
His movement is of right timing like water that flows smoothly.
A virtuous person never forces his way and hence will not make faults.
The Tao is like an oasis in the desert. Her waters provide an endless source of nourishment to all life forms.
To a home she provides the foundation.
To the mind she guards us from foolish thoughts.
She teaches us the way of kindness when dealing with others.
In speech she teaches us to guard our tongue and speak in a simple, direct voice so as not to confuse anyone with double talk.
In government she teaches us orderliness and humility of purpose.
In all our affairs we must call upon her wisdom.
She teaches us not to put off till tomorrow what we should do today.
The Tao never forces us into a corner in such a way that we could blame her for our silliness.