Today: Persevere and set things right – from the I Ching

yinyang02paperGradually, and with tenacity, progress can be made in setting things right.  Without much help, progress is initially slow and fought with obstacles and needless opposition.  This serves to instill caution and perseverance.  Adaptability and integrity are the key ingredients to success.  A delicate balance can be achieved which will require vigilance to maintain, lest it fall into decay.  This has happened before as a result of apathy.  Don’t let it happen again.
The text Reads:
The development must be allowed to take its proper course. Hasty action would not be wise. This is also true, finally, of any effort to exert influence on others, for here too the essential factor is a correct way of development through cultivation of one’s own personality. No influence such as that exerted by agitators has a lasting effect.
Within the personality too, development must follow the same course if lasting results are to be achieved. Gentleness that is adaptable, but at the same time penetrating, is the outer form that should proceed from inner calm.
The very gradualness of the development makes it necessary to have perseverance, for perseverance alone prevents slow progress from dwindling to nothing.
In principle, everything stands systematised, and it is only in regard to details that success is still to be achieved. In respect to this, however, we must be careful to maintain the right attitude. Everything proceeds as if of its own accord, and this can all too easily tempt us to relax and let things take their course without troubling over details. Such indifference is the root of all evil. Symptoms of decay are bound to be the result. Here we have the rule indicating the usual course of history. But this rule is not an inescapable law. He who understands it is in position to avoid its effects by dint of unremitting perseverance and caution.”

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