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People, knowing the way of life,
Do without acting,
Effect without enforcing,
Taste without consuming;
Through the many they find the few,
Through the humble the great;
Rewarding bitterness with care,
They face the simple fact before it becomes involved.
They solve the small problem before it becomes large.

The most involved fact in the world
Could have been faced when it was simple.
The largest problem in the world,
Could have been solved when it was small.

The simple fact that a person finds no problem large
Is the sane person's prime achievement.
If you say "yes" too quickly,
You may need to say "no."

If you think things are done too easily
You may find them too hard to do.
If you face trouble sanely
It cannot trouble you.

Henry Meyerding 2007-01-27