Today: “Do not be distracted by petty diversions or disheartened by others’ foolishness.” – from the I Ching

Keep your eye on the prize.  Do not be complacent nor distracted by petty diversions.  Do not be disheartened by others’ foolishness.  Your resoluteness is a strong influence for those who look up to you.  No need for bluster.  They will get the message.
The more that  you can align yourself with the cosmic flow, the more powerful your message will be.

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

#44, line 5, #50

A Prince who shouts orders but will not walk among his people may as well try to command the four winds.  A strong, addictive temptation, much more dangerous than it seems.
You are ignoring a clear and present danger to your well-being.  If this threat emanated from a heavy-handed oppressor, you would see it coming.  But this danger comes to you in the form of a seduction, an amusement, a diversion, an indulgence that is eating away at the fiber of your secure little world.  You are too cocksure.  You underestimate the tribute this dalliance will demand.
The melon, like the fish, is a symbol of the principle of darkness. It is sweet but spoils easily and for this reason is protected with a cover of willow leaves. This is a situation in which a strong, superior, well-poised man tolerates and protects the inferiors in his charge. He has the firm lines of order and beauty within himself but he does not lay stress upon them. He does not bother his subordinates with outward show or tiresome admonitions but leaves them quite free, putting his trust in the transforming power of a strong and upright personality. And behold! Fate is favorable. His inferiors respond to his influence and fall to his disposition like ripe fruit.
he Superior Person positions himself correctly within the flow of Cosmic forces.  Supreme Accomplishment.
Your needs are coming into harmony with the requirements of the Cosmos.
Blending brilliantly with the Dance of Life, you are becoming an actual element of Cosmic Law.  Your goals will now be realized because you no longer cut against the Cosmic grain; you are no longer swimming against the flow of the Tao.  You are acquiring an intuitive sense of what can and cannot be, and aligning your efforts accordingly.

Meditation

Tao Te Ching – Verse 12

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