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To achieve grace under pressure we need the stance of what I call “existential impeccability.” We flow through the moment with calm, alert, efficient precision, focused on the path, not on distant goals. The Everyday I Ching suggests, “Go calmly about your daily routine. Occupy yourself with ordinary, everyday matters. Do not consider any task as being beneath you. You cannot be too thorough in your attention to detail. Know your limitations. Do not overextend yourself or try to take on more than you are truly capable of.” These simple phrases contain priceless wisdom which I explore in Mechanical Resistance Matrix. Pathfinding/Day Mapping is a very brief document that provides a practical method for navigating gracefully through the pressures of the day. See also: Antidote to Worry and the documents in the Warrior Stance category of this website. Consider this a propitious time to act with grace under pressure.