“The sage is old enough now, to see to success and failure.
These illusions no longer dominate.
The sage has climbed up ladders,
climbed down ladders
and fallen from ladders.
Now, with feet firmly on the ground,
the sage is ready to be of service to others,
not to get something from them,
but for the pure pleasure of it.
We have traded services for money all our life.
We have forgotten the joy of serving simply because it is our nature.
As a sage we may still be paid for our services,
but it is no longer the determining factor.
When the opportunity for service arises
we no longer weigh the possible return.
We are free to serve according to our nature.”
from: The Sage’s Tao Te Ching, by William Martin