Three Precious Things

Three Precious Things

Frugality forms an affectionate companionship with gentleness and humility.  One leads to the other and then to the other before returning again to the beginning. Lao Tzu (Laozi), a philosopher of ancient China best known as the author of the Tao Te Ching and, in tradition, the founder of philosophical Taoism, offers these words of wisdom.

“I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle and you can be bold; be frugal and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others and you can become a leader among men.” 

Lao Tzu

Published by Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

10 thoughts on “Three Precious Things

    1. Humbleness has unique properties that I still must explore. I think it takes a lifetime to understand, yet I have seen children display humbleness without any thought or effort. It truly is a mystery to me.


    1. I agree – it truly is a contradiction. I have seen the “humble” tactic used to garner popular support, but it seems that great leaders don’t use subterfuge. I like when you wrote, “it has truth in it.” I think that is the key – in the end, we see the truth. So glad yo like the photo. I continue to learn…enjoying every minute.


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