Act without doing.
Work without being busy.
Savor without tasting.
Make great the small and make many the few.
Reward malice with kindness.
Plan for difficulty when it is still easy.
Achieve the great by attending to the small.
All great difficulties in the world, in the beginning,
were easy to solve.
All great achievements in the world, in the beginning,
Therefore the wise person never strives for the great,
although he accomplishes greatness.
Truly, one who takes commitments lightly rarely keeps his word.
When a person takes things lightly there will surely be great difficulty.
Therefore the wise person confronts difficulties with seriousness,
and in the end is without problems.
-Lao-tzu- (Tao Te Ching, verse 63, interpretation by Robert Brookes)