Today: Look for success in small things – from the I Ching

Examine the nature of current conflict. Reflect on your position in it.  Be sure that you are aligned with what is right, and not merely exploiting someone in a weaker position.  Look also at what you can reasonably expect to accomplish.  In this time, do not go after lofty goals.  Look for success in small things.

Read the text from Richard Wilhelm's translation of the I Ching
CONFLICT DEVELOPS when one feels himself to be in the right and runs into opposition. If one is not convinced of being in the right, opposition leads to craftiness or high-handed encroachment but not to open conflict.
If a man is entangled in a conflict, his only salvation lies in being so clear- headed and inwardly strong that he is always ready to come to terms by meeting the opponent halfway. To carry on the conflict to the bitter end has evil effects even when one is the right, because the enmity is then perpetuated.
This refers to a person whose inner attitude at first lacks peace. He does not feel content with his situation and would like to improve it through conflict.  He is dealing with a weaker opponent and might therefore succeed. But he cannot carry on the fight, because, since right is not on his side, he cannot justify the conflict to his conscience. Therefore he turns back and accepts his fate. He changes his mind and finds lasting peace in being at one with eternal law. This brings good fortune.
Exceptional modesty and conscientiousness are sure to be rewarded with success; however, if a man is not to throw himself away, it is important that they should not become empty form and subservience but be combined always with a correct dignity in personal behaviour. We must understand the demands of the time in order to find the necessary offset for its deficiencies and damages. In any event we must not count on great success, since the requisite strength is lacking. In this lies the importance of the message that one should not strive after lofty things but hold to lowly things.


 

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