Today: “There is nothing more that we can do to affect the situation” – from the I Ching

There is nothing more that we can do to affect the situation.  Only wait.  What has been set in motion must play out to completion.

Read the text from Richard Wilhelm's and subsequent translations of the I Ching

#5, Line 6, #9

Deep Waters in the Heavens:  Thunderclouds approaching from the West, but no rain yet.  The Superior Person nourishes himself and remains of good cheer to condition himself for the moment of truth.
Great Success if you sincerely keep to your course.  You may cross to the far shore.
You must now endure this Dangling — either a carrot before your nose, or a sword above your head.  This strange mix of apprehension and anticipation is a Purgatory.  There is nothing more you can do to affect the outcome.
You must now submit to the Fates.
No matter what you do, the fruit of your labors never seems to ripen.
Your reward remains just out of reach.  Men have gone mad from such anticipation.  Don’t lose your balance lunging for the brass ring.
While the Fates continue to restrain you, go them one better and display a self-generated restraint and grace.  Look for the humor in the situation.


Tao Te Ching – Verse 73

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