There is a man that I love in the same way I love Adam Gopnik, I am completely and hopelessly smitten simply by virtue of the way he writes. His name is Stephen Mitchell, and interestingly enough, almost everything I've read of his is translation. His Tao te Ching means so much to me that I really can't write about it. It's deeper than words. When I am feeling lost, confused, in despair, this is where I turn. Here is Chapter 23:
Express yourself completely,
then keep quiet.
Be like the forces of nature:
when it blows, there is only wind;
when it rains, there is only rain;
when the clouds pass, the sun shines through.
If you open yourself to the Tao,
you are at one with the Tao
and you can embody it completely.
If you open yourself to loss,
you are ot one with loss
and you can accept it comletely.
Open yourself to the Tao,
then trust your natural responses;
and everything will fall into place.