Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

A few years ago I did Ancestry.com DNA test on myself.
I was suprised to find out that I am Norse, Scottish, German.
And Irish.
No one ever told me I was Irish.
Whale oil beef hooked.
I’m honored!


Everyone under heaven says that my Tao is great and beyond compare.
Because it is great, it seems different.
If it were not different, it would have vanished long ago.

I have three treasures which I hold and keep.
The first is mercy; the second is economy;
The third is daring not to be ahead of others.
From mercy comes courage; from economy comes generosity;
From humility comes leadership.

Nowadays men shun mercy but try to be brave;
They abandon economy but try to be generous;
They do not believe in humility but always try to be first.
This is certain death.

Mercy brings victory in battle and strength in defense.
It is the means by which heaven saves and guards.

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu
Translation by Ray Burgess