If you’ve tried hard and failed, check the timing!
The Tao says “There is a time for everything”. But people often forget about it
The Tao is about nature and if you want to harness the prowess of nature, allow it to take its course.
Do not temper the rhythm of nature.
“Make hay while the sun shines” is not just a cliche. It is a golden truth that you would ignore at your own peril.
In life, there is always the best timing for doing certain things. Find out the timing is equally, if not more important, than planning what to do.
There is the best time for work and the best time for rest. There is the best time for starting a venture and the best time to leave things however much you love alone.
How often do we regret failure of endeavour, however well thought of, due not to merits of the matters but the timing of their introduction.
The wise knows when to start, when to stop, when to wait, and when not to do a thing.
Just as you breathe in and breathe out,
there is a time for being ahead,
and a time for being behind;
a time for being in motion,
and a time for being at rest;
a time for being vigorous,
and a time for being exhausted;
a time for being safe,
and a time for being in danger.
The translation is found in Living the Wisdom of the Tao: The Complete Tao Te Ching and Affirmations. Strictly speaking, it reflects only an aspect of the original text, emphasising the importance of timing. The original text is all encompassing, and can be interpreted from other perspectives as well, such as the people or the actions they take. Read other translations at the same time would allow you a better understanding of the verse.