Limits - 範圍 - Fànwéi
Every mountain has a peak,
each river - its banks.
Oceans give way to sandy shores.
The universe, endless expansion?
Theories speculate on eventual contraction.
Even consciousness meets its boundary.
~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao
Constant expansion is not possible. Everything reaches its limits, and it is up to the wise to identify this in a situation. In the environment, the wise builder does not intentionally expand civilization at the expense of nature. In economics, the wise leader does not spend beyond the market. In personal relationships, the wise friend does not demand more from others than they are willing to give. In exercise, the wise athlete does not strain their muscles needlessly or beyond their capacity. In health, the wise person realizes the limitations of aging, but does a great deal to maintain physical activity of some sort. With such attitudes, the wise are able to exploit the opportune moments that others merely see as obstacles or barriers to progress.
Try to sense the limits of time and situation, in order to conserve your energy.
Do not charge into battle; prepare mentally for potential hazards. If a fight must occur, you may have to challenge your previously established limits. You must think of new constraints that may arise in the execution of escape or self-defense. When you come to the edge of conflict, it is best to consider carefully whether to flee or fight. Instinctual cues are important to pick up on, but must be tempered by one's senses. Above all, marshal your resources (intellectual, emotional, and physical) before crossing the line. Uncertainty will always exist; be wary.
Utilize the limits for your own purposes. It is possible to set a trap, by knowing the limits that both combatants will face ahead. Defense is possible by working within the given limits; a wall serves to protect your back during a fight. Work (preparation) is easier if you know the defined time beforehand. Take advantage of opportunity, because it may only be available for a single moment. Limitations should never be seen as negative constraints. Limitations define the geography of any given situation, and it is only right to take advantage and make the most of every moment.