“It gives them life without claiming to possess them;
It benefits them yet exacts no gratitude for this;
It is the steward yet exercises no authority over them;
Such is called dark virtue.” – Lao Tzu
Expounding on this statement. Being director of your life and acting in a harmonious way tend to bring up such sentiments. It’s basically like a breath – no taste, nothing to fill you up, what is quickly filled up also is quickly let go. Usually when I see myself wanting credit or merit for something I did or didn’t do, it’s because of ego. Both the fear of not having enough achievements to be worth something to others, and the fear of not having the next high. The guy is saying and advising us not to possess, exact, and exercise no authority over others because in this is a ‘dark’ virtue. Dark meaning there is nothing of the light, of stimulation, or friction/conflict. And at the same time implying to give and benefit others to attain such virtue.
Practically, this means following the preprogrammed lines of characters and acting your part before getting real. In the meantime you can be real with yourself in your blogs (lol). Give good faith in others, do good to one who has done you an injury. Doing so you will gain in goodness. Practicing self forgiveness with self honesty – this I found has allowed me to develop a clearer seeing of myself with authority and self trust.
What is quickly filled up is quickly let go – learn to give to others what you would like to receive, and have no hoard. Value the material AND the teacher (yourself). Quantify your process with a Journey to Life blog, write your own blog.