Looking ahead

Yutang Lin

Focusing on minor points to fight over differences,
Tense stalemate sustained but couldn't turn around.
Looking ahead as to what should be the just course,
One realizes to relax and no need to fuss in a hurry.


In worldly life people tend to haggle over trivial points, wasting attention and energy in tense standoff without extra room for turning around or truce. If one could look ahead at the long term situation to choose or renounce how one should conduct oneself or treat others, then one would realize that there is no need to be preoccupied with temporary results, and come close to a relaxed and sustainable approach.

Written in Chinese and translated on December 1, 2003
El Cerrito, California

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