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Holding Together

8: Holding Together

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10: Treading Carefully

9: Small Influences

A gentle wind gathers clouds, but still there is no rain. Softer influences predominate as the power of the “small” accumulates, making this a time for smooth and friendly persuasion.

The ebb and flow of events are like waves in the sea -- there are periods of low tide. This is a time when more sweeping actions are impossible or inappropriate, but when small matters that will lead to bigger and better things later on can be attended to with success. When the tide is rolling in, by all means ride the waves, but when it is receding like it is now, focus on the little things.

When you cannot do much to affect large matters, persuasion and subtle influence prepare the way for stronger moves in the future. Use your intuition to chart your long-term course, but avoid bold actions for now; they are unlikely to work. This is a better time to refine existing abilities or develop new talents.

Gentleness is the keyword here. Regarding whatever is on your mind right now, gentleness combined with determination is likely to generate more progress than brute force ever could.

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