28. Great Load, Line 5

“A withered poplar puts forth flowers.”

Don’t exhaust your energies by putting forth a public show of how well you are doing. This is a time to conserve your inner core.

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Line 5 also says, “An older woman takes a husband. No blame. No praise.” Meaning: Nothing productive will come of it (children), so — who cares? ( I can just see the ancient Chinese sage shrugging his shoulders.)

Remember, the main advice here is: You are carrying too much of a load, and you need to cut back, or you will collapse.

Line 5 cautions you against putting on a “good face.” It’s a waste of energy, and you don’t have any to spare.

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Tomorrow: Line 6: “Misfortune. No blame.”

Book of Changes — Like Yoga for Your Mind

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