The universe seems silent and unmoving,
Yet its natural functions never cease.
The sun and moon hurry along day and night,
Yet there brightness never diminishes.
By the same token, the noble person is alert while at leisure, and makes time for “tasteful” pursuits when busy with duties.
If you enjoy these excerpt, buy the book, Hong, Zicheng; Aitken, Robert (2006), Vegetable Roots Discourse: Wisdom from Ming China on Life and Living, Avalon Publishing Group.