It is generally not a good idea to have any favourites. This way, you will not favour one thing over another and have bias in your actions. Even so, one of my favourite changes in life is the time of deliverance.
How can I not like it? After a period of difficulty and hardship, tensions begin to ease; things take a turn for the better. I have survived a time of danger and am now on the threshold of reaching my goals. But here it pays to be cautious and manage well to avoid snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Complacency can be my undoing. How then should you manage a time of deliverance?
Yijing Hexagram 40: Deliverance
DELIVERANCE. The southwest furthers.
If there is no longer anything where one has to go,
Return brings good fortune.
If there is still something where one has to go,
Hastening brings good fortune.
What is a Time of Deliverance Like?
Before you can manage deliverance, you must understand its Tao. The time of deliverance refers to the turn of the tide after a period of danger and hardship. You are in the midst of overcoming the obstacles that blocked your way. The problems you face are being resolved. But this is just the beginning; it is not yet time to rest on your laurels. Here at this critical juncture, there are a few things to take note of and do.
How to Manage a Time of Deliverance?
Deliverance may result from your efforts or external events. In both cases, you will need resolve. For the former, you need resolve to see deliverance through to the very end. In the latter case, you need resolve to make full use of the change in the times.
When it comes to resolve, clarity is vital. You must know why you do what you do. You must know what your purpose is and why you fight instead of just giving up. Only with such clarity of purpose will you have the necessary resolve to manage a time of deliverance.
2. Do What the Situation Demands Right to the End
Not all deliverances are the same. Some require more work than others do. For instance, deliverance from an unhappy marriage is generally more complex than deliverance from an unpleasant job. In both cases, it is important to have a plan with clear goals and solutions to guide you.
Because this is the start of deliverance and not the end, there might still be things to do. If so, it is best to do them as swiftly and as thoroughly as you can. Do things well so that there are no mistakes. And make sure to pre-empt any future problems you can think of before they arise.
It is unwise to lose focus at this critical juncture just because the tide is turning. Such complacency may well be your undoing. Instead, steel yourself for the final push and see things through to the end. Then you may celebrate your well-deserved victory in peace.
3. Return to Normalcy
During periods of hardship, you have to endure intense pressure that causes you great stress. When deliverance comes about it is like rain after a long period of drought. It cools the atmosphere, relieves tension and sets the stage for life to flourish once more. Here you will feel a great sense of relief and liberation as you unload a great weight off your shoulders.
But at this point, it pays to be careful. For too long you have operated at one extreme where you had to endure hardships. There has been much pain and sacrifice on your part. A sudden change in the situation for the better might compel you to swing to the other extreme. You might want to make up for all that you lost or suffered. Here, there is a danger that you might overdo your triumph. Going too far is just as bad as not going far enough.
When deliverance occurs, do what you must and no more than you need to. Greed or hesitancy will only lead to disaster. Once there is nothing else for you to do, the most prudent course is to return to normalcy as soon as you can. But depending on the change involved, it might be a new normal. Celebrate and relax, but do not overindulge. The key point here is to return to your regular way of life, which you can sustain without going to extremes. This is the way to manage deliverance and succeed.
How do you manage a time of deliverance when tensions begin to ease? Do share your thoughts and comments below!
The I-Ching or Book of Changes Translated by Richard Wilhelm, Cary F. Baynes. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1997.