Reputation or Work

Have you ever met someone who has a reputation for great work only to come away disillusioned? When you can actually get a sense of the person in the flesh, they come across as full of themselves?

Abba Silvanus, a 4th Century Desert Father, said, “Unhappy is the man who’s reputation is greater than his work.”

Isn’t it refreshing to meet someone whose work you have seen whose humility is such that you walk away thinking you yourself are the valued person?

The Tao teh Ching (number two) says:

When his task is accomplished,

he lets go of it and seeks no reward or recognition.

Because he does not claim credit for himself,

his virtuous influence endures.

Do the work. Therein lies the reward.

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