Today: “Learn from the obstacles that arise in your ventures” – from the I Ching

Learn from the obstacles that arise in your ventures.  Be cautious of whom you enlist to help you.  Give freely without expectations for reward.

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

#3, line 2, #19

New ventures always pack along their inherent chaos.
Though this is an annoyance at best, and can even imperil or downright doom an endeavor, it is also the friction needed to polish your project to jewel brilliance.  Learn from these early obstacles.
Her horses rear in fright; but the highwayman means no harm.
He seeks only the hand of the maiden.  She must refuse him, for she fears a very long journey lies ahead before she can marry.
You are in a position to help another.  This is a temporary situation, because your power is cyclical, seasonal.  Knowing this, you must perform your good deed without hope of reward.  You are not furthering your own process, but another’s.  Though you may cherish this other, you will never possess.
Touch without grasping.  Take comfort in becoming a fond memory.  Nurture, then let go.

Meditation

Tao Te Ching – Verse 14

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