My translation of Chapter 22 of Tao Te Ching:
Bent for survival,
Wronged for integrity ,
Hollowed to make room for fullness,
Withered to prepare for new growth,
Scarcity leads to gain,
Abundance leads to confusion.
Therefore a sage holding the oneness of Tao in all situations.
Hidden therefore shine;
No promotion therefore becomes well known;
No aggression therefore accomplished;
No begging therefore live long.
Not engaging in confrontation, therefore no enemy.
Ancient wisdom taught us "Bent for survival",
Isn't it sound advice!
The ultimate strategy.
Paul's comment: Softness to dissolve hardness. A great, and the best, strategy to bear in mind and a first response to every obstacle in life, as long as we can realize that this ultimate objective cannot be easily achieved in all cases, and therefore frontal confrontation as the next best strategy is understandable, in some cases...