I following two verses of the Tao Te Ching book end Lao Tzu’s wisdom and after reading the whole thing through, once again I am amazed at the coordinated wisdom of this book, especially so in these two verses. The First sets one firmly on the path, the ending verse summarizes the perspective of one who seeks to move with Tao. The two verses below are from the Red Pine Translation, which has become my favorite.
For me, I hear that the Tao, that which underlies everything, is the source of all things yet is outside of our naming, of our definition, and is pervasive to all that is. So don’t seek to control or understand but move with the reality that is. Then the other verse summarizes in its last few lines reminds that things are as they present, and that the way of living by the Tao is help without harming and acting through harmony, not striving or struggling to make things a certain way, but move with things as they are. That’s wisdom!