I flipped open the Tao te Ching this morning, thinking of what thoughts to offer to my Photoshop workshop students as we close this evening, and as usual it responded with a thoughtful verse … I am honored to quote a sentient book. 

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Verse 36

Contraction pulls at that 
   which extends too far

Weakness pulls at that
   which strengthens too much

Ruin pulls at that 
   which rises too high

Loss pulls at life
   when you fill it with too much stuff

– Tao te Ching by Lao Tzu, translation by Jonathan Star
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