Today: “Be yourself. Deal with reality as it is. Keep a low profile. ” – from the I Ching
Be yourself. Deal with reality as it is. Keep a low profile. Allow your influence in public matters to be felt, not seen.
Read the text from Richard Wilhelm's and subsequent translations of the I Ching
#2 Line 5, #38
In this situation, the Superior Person should not take the initiative; he should follow the initiative of another. This is a time for dealing with reality as it is, not as you would have it be. If you realize that in this situation you are the receptor, not the transmitter of the stimulus, you will find yourself reaching goals that seemed unattainable under your own steam. When anyone is called upon to work in a prominent but not independent position, true success depends on the utmost discretion. A man’s genuineness and refinement should not reveal themselves directly; they should express themselves only indirectly as an effect from within. You are working at cross-purposes with another. The distance between you is very wide. The gap can be closed, however, with no compromise of your integrity. You are not adversaries in this case — just two persons addressing individual needs.