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In life, it's best to handle things before they become problems.

Chapter 64

That which is at rest is easy to hold;
That which is not yet manifest is easy to plan for;
That which is brittle is easily shattered;
That which is minute is easily scattered;
Deal with a thing while it is still nothing;
Keep a thing in order before disorder sets in.
A tree that can fill the span of a man's arms
Grows from a downy tip;
A terrace nine stories high
Begins with a pile of earth;
A journey of a thousand miles
Starts under one's feet.
Those who act will fail;
Those who hold on will lose.
Therefore the sage:
Does not act and so is not defeated;
Does not hold on and so does not lose.
People usually fail when they are on the verge of success.
So give as much care at the end as at the beginning
Then there will be no failure.
Therefore the sage:
Desires not to desire;
Does not value goods which are hard to come by;
Learns not to learn
And makes up for the failures of the multitude.
And so he enables everything to be as it is.

What's Master DudeWay Say?

Just like in "Breaking Bad", Walter White started his journey with small steps, cooking meth in a small RV, but as he got greedy and craved for more, things spiraled out of control. Had he been content with what he had, had he taken care of things before they blew up, he might have had a more peaceful life. Just like the Tao suggests, the journey of a thousand miles starts under one's feet, but it can also end abruptly if one is not mindful of each step along the way.

Dudeism Abides

Hey man, take care of stuff before it gets out of hand. A busted bowling ball starts with a tiny crack. A rug that ties the room together was once just a bunch of threads. Just like the Dude, handle your business, one bowling frame at a time. Keep it simple, keep it chill. The Dude doesn't chase after lost causes, he just rolls with it, abides. Learn from the Dude, man.

Take care of the small,
Every journey starts with steps,
Peace comes from mindful tread.

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