Peace is easily maintained;
Trouble is easily overcome before it starts.
The brittle is easily shattered;
The small is easily scattered.
Deal with it before it happens,
Set things in order before there is confusion.
A tree as great as a man’s embrace springs from a small shoot;
A terrace nine stories high begins with a pile of earth;
A journey of a thousand miles starts under one’s foot.
Loa Tzu, Taoteching, Chapter 64
As we begin 2011, it’s important to remember that anything we may wish to accomplish in the year ahead we will accomplish only in tiny baby steps.
If we take good care of each moment before us, we’ll automatically be taking good care of the whole year.
It’s really all we can do anyway. It’s the only way.