Effortless action

No matter how intractable a problem appears to be at first sight, there’s always a way to solve it if you examine it from all possible angles rather than rushing into dealing it with the first possible answer that comes into your head.

Just as water erodes even the strongest boulders and air finds its way through even the smallest crack, you too will overcome any obstacles you encounter by applying the principle of effortless action (無為). Of course that means you need to learn to be patient, but it will prevent you from having waste even more time and energy later cleaning up the even greater mess you created with your quick fix.

「天下之至柔,馳騁天下之至堅。無有入無間, 吾是以知無為之有益。不言之教,無為之益,天下希及之。」
The softest things in the world run in and out of the hardest.
The immaterial force enters the impenetrable object.
Through this I know the value of effortless action.
Few in the world understand the value of teaching without words,
And the benefits of effortless action.

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