It all depends upon and flows from our doing the next thing that needs to be done, the way it needs to be done, when and where it needs to be done, because it needs to be done, for the simple joy of doing it and the satisfaction of having done it, with no gain, advantage, benefit, profit, merit or reward to be realized for our effort. Not just once, but in every moment throughout the day in which something needs doing. If you can do that, Jesus will return in you, the Buddha will enter the world through you. The old will pass away like that (Snaps fingers), and behold! The new will be bestowed upon all who dwell upon the earth. If you do not believe me, just do it! You'll see!
Taoism started as an individual devotional practice helping people in China meet their world and find their way through the day by aligning themselves and their wants/needs/desires/wishes/etc. with The Way that was right for them and their place in time. It was the original formulation of "Thy Way, not mine, be done!" This was about 5,000 years BCE. In those days, people were up against it in ways we cannot imagine. They needed all the help they could get, and they turned inward in their quest for safety, stability, support, succor, direction, guidance, protection, well-being, balance, harmony, etc. It was them and The Way That Was Right For Them every day-- the origin of the phrase "day by day"-- because their circumstances would not allow them more confidence and self-assurance than that. "Maybe yes, maybe no, we'll see," was all the planning ahead they could do. Time passed. Things changed. The religion of the people evolved with the people, and with social stability, the Silk Road, emperors, war, history the people encountered foreigners who had their own ways of meeting the day, with beliefs and practices that made their private devotion to The Way seem provincial and behind the times, so most of the traded up for a religion that promised prosperity and easy living and life of splendor and delight on the other side of death. And Taoism got with the times with esoteric forays into alchemy and yoga, herbs and Iching, Confucianism, Buddhism and a world full of ways to get what you want. All in an effort to gain market share among those looking for personal advantage and gain. Classic Taoism remained sacred to a few followers of "The Way and its Virtues" (As the "Tao te Ching" may be translated), but its vitality as a "system of belief and practice" waned and teetered on the edge of the periphery of "darkness upon darkness/the gateway to mystery." Where "advantage and gain" never meant anything more than "Finding the Way that is right for you." And there it remains today. A devotional orientation to living from the heart, aligned with our original nature and the virtues/gifts that are ours to serve and to share, with nothing in it for us beyond finding our life and living it as it needs to be lived in doing what needs to be done and needs us to do it, for the fulfillment, joy and satisfaction of having done it, world without end, amen.