Today: Meet your obstacles with unswerving inner purpose – from the I Ching

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Meet your obstacles with unswerving inner purpose. Rather than forging ahead, look inward to find the sources of adversity and fix them.  Rather than blaming others, find how your relations with them have produced this situation.  Allow the introspection to enrich your vision and inform future plans.  Engage trustworthy companions of like mind who can help in removing the obstacles.

In this contexts, small things should be done.  Great things could not yet be attempted.

The text reads:
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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