Sep 10

The Tao of Friday

One of the few useful things I learned from the summer where I sold books door to door is how to break up the unbearable tasks into little chunks I could deal with.  Not sure I could go another day selling books? How about the next five minutes? You can do anything for five minutes.  It’s how I got past some jobs that I should have quit long before I did: I broke it up day by day.  And when I couldn’t think about an entire day, it was broken up hour by hour.  Essentially… accomplish the great task by a series of small acts. Chapter LXIII is good for that.  Look at the finite as infinite; change your perspective to make the thing easier and better. Just do it.

Act without doing;
work without effort.
Think of the small as large
and the few as many.
Confront the difficult
while it is still easy;
accomplish the great task
by a series of small acts.

The Master never reaches for the great;
thus she achieves greatness.
When she runs into a difficulty,
she stops and gives herself to it.
She doesn’t cling to her own comfort;
thus problems are no problem for her.


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