53: A Steady Pace

Like an ancient forest—where the subtle play of light, texture, and shadow results from a process measured in centuries and inches—things of lasting value develop gradually, at their own pace. The ability to learn from experience—one of humanity’s greatest treasures—implies constant yet gradual progress. The combination of stillness within and determination without are the essence of this process. Good things can sprout quickly, but the truly delightful take much longer, like a beautiful tree on a mountainside.

The principle of gradual development also applies to relationships. For love, marriage, and other long-term partnerships, the best progress is slow but steady—slow enough to allow for bonds to knit properly and steady enough to keep moving in the right direction. A firmly rooted tree has deep roots and is not easily toppled. Steady development of your depths is what makes sustainable, long-term progress possible.

You can’t expect to have everything all at once. Development must be free to run its course; events must be allowed to unfold in their own natural time—neither rushed nor manipulated. In this way, you will achieve and enjoy long-lasting relationships, as well as success in the world.

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Visualize a lonely youth setting forth on his or her own to face a huge challenge. Their perception of the circumstances—the magnitude—makes them careful. When one is cautious and steadfast, one has good fortune. When situations are allowed to develop gradually, in due time, liabilities evolve into assets.

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You reach a point of rest and safety, which is an initial level of success. The way ahead appears clear and bright—you should feel pleased about your progress. The timing is ideal for expansion, especially in the area of relationships.

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Have you ever soared too far and too high, and found yourself in a difficult or hostile situation? Perhaps even lost your way? Sometimes, we don’t let things develop quietly but forge ahead rashly, then find ourselves suddenly caught up in a struggle. In such cases, the first requirement is to slow down—or climb down—very carefully.

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When you find yourself in an awkward position, even through no fault of your own, find a safe place to land and regain your balance. When tumbling through the air, it helps to find a net—quickly. Then rest there awhile before getting back on the tightrope. And once you do, don’t worry; you will find your balance again.

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When moving rapidly toward the heights, it’s common to separate from old friends and past associates—sometimes even partners. Naturally, in such circumstances, you feel a bit lonely, but periods of isolation and withdrawal are unavoidable in the process of self-development; it’s a kind of social sleep that makes reawakening possible. Even though such a withdrawal can complicate your life, you must move through such times with patience; don’t ignore your needs for privacy and concentration. Misunderstandings will be resolved over time and reconciliation with important others will be achieved.

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When gradual development reaches its climax, supreme good fortune results; and a great example is set for others. Be true to your goals, even when doing so seems selfish to others. Your success in achieving them will bring value to the lives of those around you.