Going Forward Without Advancing

by Dan Walsh

“When two great forces opposes each other, the victory will go to the one that knows how to yield.”

-Lao Tzu

There are many small battles in life. Everyday brings frustrations and struggle. One can expend much energy by adamantly refusing to lose, but victory is never certain. Always going to battle means eventually losing. Battle takes energy. Rebuilding from a loss takes even more.

The alternative to battle is to yield. Yielding sounds like giving up,┬ábut it is not the same. Yielding is a release. Yielding is an understanding that not every victory, not every inch, is worth the effort. It’s not worth the fight and it’s often not even worth the energy to care about. One might say “let them have this one, it is of no consequence in the greater scheme.”

Refusal to yield will spread our emotions too thinly. This will invite disaster. Our armies are off in the field and there will be no one to protect our castle when the real disaster strikes. Strangers On A Bus was a good reminder for me to only care about what really matters. And as always, the wisdom of Lao Tzu magically appears at the opportune moment.