Softly does it.
There is an objective to reach but it is subtle
and requires a gentle
touch. Gentle persuasion provides the minimal assistance needed to help
something fall into place of its own accord.
Use perseverance and tact to negotiate a way one
step at a time.
Pressure need not be forceful but it can be well planned and
determined. If things don’t succeed in this way let them go rather
than force the issue.
By using only gentle persuasion one can be sure
that an objective has
been reached with the concurrence of all parties.
The hexagram is a paradigm for successful
Rather than imposing
knowledge forcefully a good teacher offers it in a lively and
interesting way and persists until the student is receptive and the
message is heard. The knowledge is presented in short lessons that can
be easily understood and is appreciated as not having been imparted
for the teacher’s ends alone.
The process of healing is also an example of gentle persuasion.
We do not heal a wound so much as
assist it to heal itself.