Do you have a particular book that you turn to when you’re feeling lost or confused? Something that you’ve read or dipped into dozens of times, and that always makes you feel better?
For me, that book is the Tao Te Ching. I’m not a Taoist. I’m not an anything-ist. I just find that this particular book contains a lot of things that make sense to me, and that reading it helps me sort the important things from the distractions (hint: the important things are usually the ones I’ve lost sight of when I reach for this book).
I’d love to hear if there’s a book you find yourself turning to again and again for guidance, comfort or nourishment. It doesn’t have to be a religious or spiritual book. It could be philosophy, self-help, fiction, memoir, poetry. Hey, it could be Wayne Rooney’s autobiography if that’s what floats your boat. I’m just curious about whether you have a book that speak to you in times of trouble.
Jump down to the comments to enter your book. In the meantime, here are some of my favourite quotes from the Tao Te Ching:
Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.
Acting with no expectations, leading and not trying to control: this is the supreme virtue.
Express yourself completely, then keep quiet. Be like the forces of nature: when it blows, there is only wind; when it rains, there is only rain; when the clouds pass, the sun shines through.
He who stands on tiptoe doesn’t stand firm.
Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.
If you realise that you have enough, you are truly rich. If you stay in the centre and embrace death with your whole heart, you will endure forever.