that's why they live long.So the wise man puts himself last, and finds himself in the foremost place,puts himself in the background; yet always comes to the fore.He keeps well fit; looks on his body almost as accidental, outer, something to be welltaken care of;still it always there, and always remains. He remains in the open by it, too.He hardly strives for great personal ends;his main ends seem fulfilled.8The highest good is like that of water.The goodness of water is that it benefits the ten thousand creatures; yet itself hardlyever scrambles -it seems quite content with the places that all men disdain.It's this that can make water so near to some dao.And if men think the ground the best place for building a house upon,if among thoughts they value those that are profound,if in friendship they value gentleness;in words, truth, or sincere faithfulness,in government, [bugbear] order;in deeds: competence, ability, effectiveness;in actions: timeliness and being properly timed -In each case it's because they prefer things that hardly lead to strife, and thereforehardly go much astray or amiss.9Stretch a bow to the full, and you'll end up wishing you'd stopped in time; to hold andfill to overflowing isn't quite as able as to stop in time.Temper a sword-edge to its very sharpest, and you'll find it soon grows dull.When gold and jade fills your hall, can it be well guarded any more?To be proud with things and glory given, could bring ruin. Wealth and place breedinsolence and could slowly harm and ruin:If your work is done, withdraw!That's heaven's way. It can be opposed to lots of ways of man.10Can you keep the unquiet physical-soul from straying, hold fast to the unity and middle,and never quit it?Can you, when concentrating your breath, make it soft like that of an infant?Strive after less tainted perfection, let it be aided by penetrating insight. So wipe andcleanse your vision of the mystery till all is without blur.Can you love the people and rule the land, yet remain unknown?Can you in opening and shutting the heavenly gates, ever play the feminine part?Can your mind penetrate every corner of the land, but you yourself never interfere? Canyou renounce the grosser mind for comprehending all inside knowledge?Produce things and rear well,but never lay claims to such things -control them, never lean upon them.Rely on some innate ability to act well.Be a sort of master among others, just refrain from mismanaging.Here is found the essence of dao might, its deep, mystic virtue.