Spare Words

Lao Tzu said, “The best leaders are those the people hardly know exist.” Such a leader  accomplishes her task when the followers congratulate themselves that they did it all by themselves! That is why I never wanted to be a best leader. I did not want to be invisible and use my words “sparingly” as Tzu suggested. Fortunately, he offered more options: “…next best is a leader who is loved and praised.” Option two is the path for me. It clearly beats options one (invisible leader), three (feared leader), and four (despised leader) as far as I am concerned. Unfortunately, Tzu spent most of his 5000 Chinese characters in the Tao Te Ching trying to create best leaders. That is, if he even wrote the 81 chapters himself. I do not actually know what is written in the Tao Te Ching because I cannot read Chinese. Besides, I have the attention span of a moth in a forest fire. I would just give up and become a follower except I have been outed so many times as a horrible follower. I am also not good at listening so can only presume my bad following skills stem from my inability to use words sparingly.


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