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34: Great Vigor

Congratulations … there is strength and vigor in this situation, like a ram that knocks down a fence to free himself from captivity. This points to a time when a strong force comes into its own and asserts its power.

When a leader comes into a position of power, his or her personal strength usually may have already peaked. Great stamina has been required in climbing to the top of the mountain, but once at the summit, the support of others is needed to maintain position. Therefore, a shift in attitude becomes necessary to persevere in what is right and just. Let your strength be tempered by wisdom. To maintain power, the strong leader learns to share it with others. Only then will his position be secure, for he will not only be the possessor of power, but a source of it as well.

If you find yourself in a strong position, it is important to act responsibly and react with care. Power must not be allowed to degenerate into raw force that rides roughshod over everything in its path. A strong sense of responsibility to the collective good is the key to the successful exercise of power. By following what we intuitively know to be for the greater good, we avoid reckless abuses, which in the end only undermine the source of our strength. Arrogance contains the seeds of its own undoing.

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