Wednesday, November 21, 2012

80: The Simple Life

There is no point in trying to solve a problem by moving somewhere else, changing employers or friends. The good project manager is happy to use whatever he has and is content with where he is, for this is the way of the project manager.

Lao Tzu tells us:

A small country has fewer people.
Though there are machines that can work ten to a hundred times faster than man, they are not needed.
The people take death seriously and do not travel far.
Though they have boats and carriages, no one uses them.
Though they have armour and weapons, no one displays them.
Men return to the knotting of rope in place of writing.
Their food is plain and good, their clothes fine but simple, their homes secure;
They are happy in their ways.
Though they live within sight of their neighbours,
And crowing cocks and barking dogs are heard across the way,
Yet they leave each other in peace while they grow old and die.

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