Today: “Accept others’ offers of gratitude toward you with gratitude. Give up your expectations of how others should be or behave.” – From the I Ching
Accept others’ offers of gratitude toward you with gratitude. Give up your expectations of how others should be or behave. Doing this, you will be liberated.
Read the text from Richard Wilhelm's and subsequent translations of the I Ching
#35, line #2, #40
The Sun shines down upon the Earth: Constantly honing and refining his brilliance, the Superior Person is a Godsend to his people. This is a time of reward for good works. Those you have helped want to show their gratitude. Benefits come both from on high and from the humble you uplifted. Accept all gifts graciously, though the reward may not be what you truly need or hoped for. Some may bestow more than they can afford to give, but you must realize that they need to feel that they have repaid you. You advance in sorrow, but this path leads to good fortune. Accept the boon of a wise woman. The Superior Person knows the release in forgiveness, pardoning the faults of others and dealing gently with those who sin against him. It pays to accept things as they are for now. If there is nothing else to be gained, a return brings good fortune. If there is something yet to be gained, act on it at once. The relief you experience here is not your own personal pardon, but the release of others from your rigid expectations. Feel the lightness of being that results from forgiving others and accepting them as they are. Free yourself of the endless vigil of policing the behavior of others. See them for who they are, not what they can or can’t do for you.