Today: Keep your options real – from the I Ching

When caught between advance and retreat and in the grip of fear, do not fantasize.  Keep your options real.  When opposition to your goals is real, see it for what it is and face it.  Do not live in denial.
Choose small undertakings and be content with modest progress.  Find  commonality in the opposition and promote that.  That leads to eventual success.

Read the text from Richard Wilhelm's translation of the I Ching
For youthful folly it is the most hopeless thing to entangle itself in empty imaginings. The more obstinately it clings to such unreal fantasies, the more certainly will humiliation overtake it.  
When people live in opposition and estrangement they cannot carry out a great undertaking in common; their points of view diverge too widely. In such circumstances one should above all not proceed brusquely, for that would only increase the existing opposition; instead, one should limit oneself to producing gradual effects in small matters. Here success can still be expected, because the situation is such that the opposition does not preclude all agreement.
In general, opposition appears as an obstruction, but when it represents polarity within a comprehensive whole, it has also its useful and important functions. The oppositions of heaven and earth, spirit and nature, man and woman, when reconciled, bring about the creation and reproduction of life. In the world of visible things, the principle of opposites makes possible the differentiation by categories through which order is brought into the world.

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