Here is my favorite Taoist Sage. His name is Winnie the Pooh.
Pooh is a small dumpy bear with one love in life, eating honey. He is not all that clever, and bumbles along through life, arriving at the answer to riddles or problems with little effort and without meaning to. Often, he doesn’t even realize that he has arrived at the answer.
His philosophy is a deceptively simple, yet highly advanced mix of expending minimal effort and going with the flow of his natural tendencies as well as working within his limitations to produce results naturally.
Even as Pooh solves problems in his steady simple way, he remains joyous and happy-go-lucky. He does not try to discard his desire of honey or remain within his hierarchy of rules and regulations. He just meanders about, doing natural Pooh bear things and living a happy joyful life.
Now, that’s my kind of Tao Sage!