Today: “Now is the time to act and make a necessary contribution to the cause.” – From the I Ching
Now is the time to act and make a necessary contribution to the cause. If you don’t, and miss the opportunity, you will have to wait years for another.
Read the text from Richard Wilhelm's and subsequent translations of the I Ching
#24, line 6, #51
You have passed this way before but you are not regressing. This is progress, for the cycle now repeats itself, and this time you are aware that it truly is a cycle. The return of old familiars is welcome. You can be as sure of this cycle as you are that seven days bring the start of a new week. You have missed the opportunity for a triumphant return. You must now wait years before such an opportunity cycles your way again. Grave misfortune. Decrease does not under all circumstances mean something bad. Increase and decrease come in their own time. What matters here is to understand the time and not to try to cover up poverty with empty pretence. If a time of scanty resources brings out an inner truth, one must not feel ashamed of simplicity. For simplicity is then the very thing needed to provide inner strength for further undertakings. Indeed, there need be no concern if the outward beauty of the civilisation, even the elaboration of religious forms, should have to suffer because of simplicity. One must draw on the strength of the inner attitude to compensate for what is lacking in externals; then the power of the content makes up for the simplicity of form. There is no need of presenting false appearances to God. Even with slender means, the sentiment of the heart can be expressed.