Poetry Friday: “Yield and overcome…”

September 17th, 2010

We invite you this Poetry Friday to turn to the Orient and to Tao Te Ching with us. Fred Brill uses this poem at the end of his book Leading and Learning: Effective School Leadership Through Reflective Storytelling and Inquiry to show the push and pull of forces that come with being a school leader. “Many tensions exist in the world of educational leadership,” he writes. “Just as there is discord between theory and practice in the larger field of education, there is also tension regarding the need to apply the appropriate balance of pressure and support.”

It is Friday, so start your weekend with these few lines:

Yield and overcome;
Bend and be straight;
Empty and be full;
Wear out and be new;
Have little and gain;
Have much and be confused…
Be really whole,
And all things will come to you.

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