In life we always have a choice to yield or advance...
no matter where we come from or what we do the concept of Yin and Yang surround us. When should I yield? When should I advance?
In my own business and martial fitness practice I find this to be the most constant set of questions I have to ask myself. When should I hit the streets hard to find more business or step back and work on myself; or when do I hit the workouts hard or engage in an active recovery day?
When do I press my will or listen to the advice or wants of others?
Stepping back is the hardest of these I always feel. My personality wants to constantly be hands on. My mechano-receptive learning style always needs to feel or experience movement in some way. So sitting in stillness is a tortuous endeavor for me. But sometimes things need to breath to grow.
You have to slip and roll in life. Tactical pull back is how we avoid stagnation even when we feel like we are pausing...in reality...we are making room for ourselves or opportunities to grow in that empty space.
When we step aside and allow room for opportunity to grow we also expand our own perception of the space so then we can better see when it is time to advance.
As the late-great Bruce Lee exemplified; dominate the space around your opponent. Intercept his intention. This translates to all areas of our lives.
Step forward only when you have captured the space of opportunity around you. If you do not know where or what that space is then perhaps that is the answer. You need to realize what you space, objective, or lesson to be learned is first before the opportunity to either take root in the space you make for it,
you capture that space and step forward to make it your own. Seizing the opportunity. This is a tough assessment to make. Trust yourself to ask the right questions. For example:
Always take a page from Bruce. He will not steer you wrong.
Be like water, my friends. Know when to step back, know when to step forward. Breath.