Like an ancient old-growth forest – where the subtle play of light, texture and shadows is the product of a process measured in centuries and inches.

Most things of lasting value develop gradually, at their own pace. The ability to learn from experience – one of humanity’s greatest treasures – implies constant yet gradual progress. The combination of stillness within and determination without are the essence of this condition. Good things sometimes sprout quickly; the truly delightful take much longer.

The principle of gradual development applies also to human relationships. For love, marriage and business relationships to endure, progress must be slow but steady: slow enough to allow for the bonds to knit properly; steady enough to move in the right direction.

You can’t expect to have everything all at once. Development must be allowed to take its proper course; events must neither be rushed nor manipulated, but allowed to unfold in due course. In this way, you will come to enjoy long-lasting relationships, and achieve success in the world.