Today: “Disengage from the petty squabbles and false controversies posed by small people.” – from the I Ching

Disengage from the petty squabbles and false controversies posed by small people.  Regroup and mount an assault that come from your inner convictions.  Become action in action.  You will enjoy success.

Read the text from Richard Wilhelm's and subsequent translations of the I Ching

#33 Line 2, #1

The Superior Person avoids the petty and superficial by keeping shallow men at a distance, not in anger but with dignity.
Such a retreat sweeps the path clear to Success.
Occupy yourself with minute detail.Retreat in this instance is not a desperate flight in disarray, but a conscious choice to distance yourself from forces that would rob you of your peace.  It is not a surrender, but a regrouping.
Retreat from this conflict is actually an advance toward your own center.
You move toward balance, and thus a much stronger position.
While the superior men retreat and the inferior press after them, the inferior man represented here holds on so firmly and tightly to the superior men that the latter cannot shake him off. And because he is in quest of what is right and so strong in purpose, he reaches his goal.
The time for action has come.
You now have the focus and the stamina necessary for accomplishing great tasks.  The path before you is being cleared and reward lies ahead.

Meditation

Tao Te Ching – Verse 22

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