Today: “Push has come to shove and you must move. You cannot stay where you are. ” – From the I Ching
Push has come to shove and you must move. You cannot stay where you are. In a time of uncertainty and insecurity do not look to anyone to bail you out. Rely on your own resources and strength.
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Read the text from Richard Wilhelm's and subsequent translations of the I Ching
#28, line 5, #32
The Flood rises above the tallest Tree: Amidst a rising tide of human folly, the Superior Person retires to higher ground, renouncing his world without looking back. Any direction is better than where you now stand. Several high-priority concerns demand immediate attention. All are crucial. None will be denied. Yet some demand the denial of others. Like two atoms seeking to occupy the same space, these irresistible forces and immovable objects threaten to ignite a cataclysm that could irreversibly alter your world. This is no time for fatal heroics. You are at Ground Point Zero. Remove yourself from this situation without delay. Find sanctuary. Later you may deal with these concerns on your own terms, from a position of strength. A withered poplar that flowers exhausts its energies thereby and only hastens its end. An older woman may marry once more, but no renewal takes place. Everything remains barren. Thus, though all the amenities are observed, the net result is only the anomaly of the situation. Applied to politics, the metaphor means that if in times of insecurity we give up alliance with those below us and keep up only the relationships we have with people of higher rank, an unstable situation is created. The Superior Person possesses a resiliency and durability that lets him remain firmly and faithfully on course. Endurance is the key to success in this situation. However, durability is not synonymous with stone-like rigidity. True resilience requires a flexibility that allows adaptation to any adverse condition, while still remaining true to the core.