41. Decrease, Line 1

“Going quickly when one’s tasks are finished is without blame.”

Extend a helping hand to another, but don’t overdo it. And don’t demand recognition for your good deeds.

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Line 1 is about the flip side of Decrease — when you are the one who is able to provide assistance.

The Yi says: Once you have provided what help you can — either because you have no more to give, or because the help is no longer needed — take your leave gracefully and quietly.

There is a human tendency to try to extend a helping hand into a controlling hand. The thought is, for example: “If I’m providing the money for this, we’re going to do it my way.”

Resist that urge. Do what you can to help, then be on your way.

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Tomorrow: Line 3: “One woman finds a companion.”

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