22.1 Be tactful and you remain whole; bend and you remain straight. The hollow is filled, the old is renewed. Economy is gain, excess is confusion..
22.2 Therefore sages embrace unity as model for the world.
22.3 Not seeing themselves, they are therefore clear. Not asserting themselves, they are therefore outstanding. Not congratulating themselves, they are therefore meritorious. Not taking pride in themselves, they last long.
22.4 It is just because they do not contend that no one in the world can contend with them.
22.5 Is it empty talk, the old saying that tact keeps you whole? When truthfulness is complete, it still resorts to this.
Tao Teh Ching - Cleary Translation
Better than a meaningless story
of a thousand words
is a single word of deep meaning
which, when heard, produces peace.
-- The Dhammapada
Though Chapter 22 is about much more than that, my attention, yesterday, was drawn to the Path of "Right Speech."
In a recent post i used words which did not produce peace in all who read them; thus my "truthfulness" was not "complete."
A recent crossword puzzle featured a John Wayne quote: "Talk low, talk slow, and don't say top much." I tend to talk loud, fast, and way too much.
"Right speech" requires more than truth; to be "complete" it must also be kind, useful, beneficial and necessary.
Prayer: Holy Loving: "Guide the words of my mouth." Let my speech bring peace to any who might hear me. Let my words bring truth, kindness, beauty and help. Close my mouth against too much talk. Amen