What is rooted is easy to nourish. What is recent is easy to correct. What is brittle is easy to break. What is small is easy to shatter.

Prevent trouble before it arises. Put things in order before they exist. The giant pine tree grows from a tiny sprout. The journey of a thousand miles starts from beneath your feet.

Rushing into action, you fail. Trying to grasp things, you lose them. Forcing a project to completion, you ruin what was almost ripe.

Therefore the Master takes action by letting things take their course. She remains as calm at the end as at the beginning. She has nothing, thus she has nothing to lose.

What she desires is non-desire; what she learns is to unlearn. She simply reminds people of who they have always been. She cares about nothing but the Tao. Thus she can care for all things.

— Lao-Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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