The great Tao
floods and flows in every direction.
Everything in existence depends on it, and it doesn’t deny them.
It accomplishes its work without naming or making claims for itself.
Everything in existence is clothed and nourished by it,
but it doesn’t strain over anything.
Aimless, ambitionless, it might
be called “small.”
existence returns to it,
and still it doesn’t lord over anything.
Thus it might also be called
Because it has no desire to
be great, it can achieve
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