Tao 63

Minimize actions.
Do not complicate.
Enjoy simplicity.

Look for the small in the big.
Split the ominous few into a manageable many.

Elaborate tasks are composed of many discreet actions.
A long journey is but a series of individual steps.
The great marvels of the universe are but the sum of simple processes.

And so the sage:
Does not think of the great, but the simple,
Does not think of the destination, but the current step.

The sage accomplishes what others might call great
By never attempting to do so.

But simple does not mean careless.
To expect ease is to be overwhelmed.
So the sage approaches even these simplest tasks with great care.

Split the great until it is small,
Approach the small as if it were big,
Difficulty will cease.


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