Cycles - 週期 Zhōuqí
Dawn arrives as a glimmer on the horizon,
Dusk awaits, below the settling sky.
~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao
Dawn and dusk, together, represent the measure of a day. The sun rises as the moon sets. The moon arrives as the sun departs. This represents the cycle of existence, for without such alternation, the power of the universe would not generate. When the sun reaches the zenith, it must inevitable begin its descent, towards its nadir. All events, including those we plan and actively take part in, follow the same pattern.
It is wise to know the cycles of life, and where any particular circumstance stands in relation to our personal tangent. If we wish to stimulate life, we should merge earlier forms with new growth. If we wish to destroy, all we need to do is lead it to the extreme, for all forms of life decline after reaching its zenith.
All too often, people express uncertainty about their path and position and life. It is important to examine both the short-range and long-range destinations. If you wish to accomplish great deeds in a century of life, you must achieve significant progress in each decade. In order to achieve significant progress in a decade, you must focus on making serious strides each year. In order to make the necessary strides each year, you must keep pace, each and every day, towards your ultimate goal. Do something great with every second. Use these life-cycles to establish a measure of your progress, and then arrange your plans in the units you have decide upon. Then, there will no fear remaining, as you will truly know your progress.