63 – Preparing for Difficulties

Mountain Climbing

Mountain Climbing

Act without doing.
Work without working.

Taste that which has no flavor.

Make great the small,
make many the few.

Return harmfulness with good.

Prepare for difficulty while things are easy.
Take care of big things while they are still small.

The world’s most difficult problems
started out easy.
Great undertakings start from small deeds.

For this reason,
the sage never strives for greatness
and thereby has the ability to achieve great things.

One who lightly commits to great deeds
rarely keeps his word.

Don’t take things lightly
or they will surely become difficult.

The sage confronts difficulties
and therefore in the end has none.


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  1. Hello from a fellow UBC participant! Thank you for the simple wisdom in this post. I especially like “The sage confronts difficulties
    and therefore in the end has none.”
    Valerie recently posted…5 Tips For Setting Up a Successful Web Writing BusinessMy Profile

    • My simple wisdom is the wisdom of Lao Tzu. Thank you for stopping by and participating. I think that this was one of my favorite verses. So simple.

  2. I love this one. This seems to say that if you acknowledge that things can happen to you and stay aware then those things don’t have to happen to you because you have already acknowledged them and are prepared to face them.

    This is a good lesson.
    Julia Neiman recently posted…10 Thought Provoking Questions to Help You Find Your Passion and Choose Your BusinessMy Profile

    • I loved this one too, Julia. Preparation for the opposite is something that Lao Tzu has mentioned in several chapters of the book. Such a great thing and when it sits with you, its truth seeps through your veins. It is wonderful. I just love this stuff!

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