Jiyauh- Knowing Weakness

Jiyauh: without hurry, slow, leisurely.

The I Ching speaks about appreciation for subtleties.  A clever man sees a small change and predicts great outcomes.  When he knows (ji) the weak (yauh), he can forecast the strong.  Small twigs grow into thick branches.  Things strengthen over time.  Take a look at the Anping Tree House in Tainan, where banyan trees overtake a building.   Starting from small sprouts, they now support the structure.

My blog, like a tiny seedling, holds the potential to burst forth.  As evidence, I’ve been nominated (twice!) for the Liebster Blog Award, given to beginning blogs deserving of attention.  Thank you to Sopphey Vance and Kasie Whitener for the dual nominations.

The Liebster Blogger Rules are as follows:
1. Thank the one who nominated you by linking back.
2. Nominate five blogs with less than 200 followers.
3. Let your nominees know by leaving a comment on their sites.
4. Add the award image to your site.

When a wise person can analyze the future, he can prepare in leisure (jiyauh).  The original Chinese characters used for jiyauh (“knowing weakness”) were replaced by ones which meant “to lubricate [with] oils.”  The two ideas can be interwoven: Branches require a connection to others to serve their purpose.  A well-oiled machine needs multiple gears to function well.  We thrive in community.  In recognition of my fellow writers, here are my Liebster Award nominations:

1) Alvarado Frazier’s blog highlights strong women.  How can you not love a blog written by someone who worked in a prison?
2) Kelly Williamson’s blog detailed the challenges in dealing with her mother’s mental illness and now demonstrates her passion for writing.
3) Kevin DeRossett’s blog brings humor to parenting life in his “How NOT to be a Parent” posts.
4) Lauri Meyer’s blog portrays an honest look at pursuing children’s writing, colored by her corporate experience.
5) Monique Liddle’s blog provides an inside look at MS and serves as a source of inspiration.

Thank you again.  I feel so honored by this award.

A-Fuk/Fuktauh- Blessed are the Fools
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  1. Jennifer – thank you so much! I love your site, and I think this is one of your best posts. This just really spoke to me, both as a previous stressed-out corporate profit forecaster and in my current jobs (wife/mother/writer).

  2. You’re welcome, Lauri. I’m glad this new post touched you. Thanks!

  3. “An Asian American writer exploring life through Chinese sayings” is a fascinating concept. I love the Chinese culture and its frequent themes of nature. Very nicely written blog post.

  4. Thank you, Amanda!

  5. Dear Jennifer,

    Congratulations on your awards and thanks so much for stopping by Create With Joy! I love your blog and the concept behind it! I’d love to get to know you better and help you grow your blog! I host three parties a week – Inspire Me Monday, Wordless Wednesday, and Friendship Friday – which are fabulous ways to meet other bloggers and connect with my community. The latter, especially, would be perfect for you as an up and coming blogger – this week’s theme is Mothers!

    Have a wonderful week and I hope to see you at some of my events!

    Create With Joy

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