The sage manages affairs without action (wu-wei), and imparts teaching without speech. Ten thousand things arise and he does not initiate them, they come to be and he claims no possession of them. He works without holding on, accomplishes without claiming merit. Because he does not claim merit, his merit does not go away.
mary alice is one of my hero[ine]s
she was passing through reading pa as a young mennonite missionary to central america and she found a need for teaching english as a second language to the latino community. so she bought a house in reading in a neighborhood swarming with drug dealers, prostitutes, and gunfire.
she stayed for years.
i met her just before she retired.
she said – the drug dealers and prostitutes are gone and the birds came back.