grave like a guest (in awe of his host);Most people are on their best behavior when visiting in someone else's home. While you habitually might track mud into your own home, you make sure to clean the mud off your shoes (or take them off) when visiting another person's abode. When at home, you might simply stack the dishes after dinner, but as a guest, you offer to rinse your plate and help with the dishes.
~ James Legge translation, from The Sacred Books of the East, 1891 ~
Courteous, like visiting guests.
~ Gia-fu Feng and Jane English translation, published by Vintage Books, 1989 ~
Solemn, like a guest
~ Derek Lin translation, from Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained, published by SkyLight Paths, 2006 ~
They were polite, like a guest at a party.
~ Ron Hogan rendition, from Beatrice.com, 2004 ~
For those of you in a monogamous relationship, do you remember the first time you met your potential in-laws? In such a situation, most people put on their best behavior. We try not to offend. We don't act pushy. We might say, "Yes sir" or "Yes ma'am" more often than usual. In essence, we go out of our way to be pleasant and respectful.
Why don't we treat every person and situation in the same way?
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