Today: accomplish great things together – from the I Ching

yinyang02paperEngage your friends in joyful comradery.  Together, you can accomplish great things.  Also be mindful of who is worthy of your friendship.  Reserve friendship for those you would hold close with genuine mutual affection.
The text Reads:
Truth and strength must dwell in the heart, while gentleness reveals itself in social intercourse. In this way one assumes the right attitude toward God and man and achieves something. Under certain conditions, intimidation without gentleness may achieve something momentarily, but not for all time. When, on the other hand, the hearts of men are won by friendliness, they are led to take all hardships upon themselves willingly, and if need be will not shun death itself, so great is the power of joy over men.
Dangerous elements approach even the best of men. If a man permits himself to have anything to do with them, their disintegrating influence acts slowly but surely, and inevitably brings dangers in its train. But if he recognises the situation and can comprehend the danger, he knows how to protect himself and remains unharmed.
Affection as the essential principle of relatedness is of the greatest importance in all relationships in the world. For the union of heaven and earth is the origin of the whole of nature. Among human beings likewise, spontaneous affection is the all-inclusive principle of union. “

 

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