Have you ever face a problem that was so foggy, so dense, so cumbersome… that whatever you tried seemed to only contribute to the problem or maintain a state of disorder? In the world we live in today, which tends to focus on the “hero of the day”, we often think that we have to “do something”. You’ve probably heard this sentence “don’t just stand there, do something”. At times, one could not be more wrong. So wrong, that one should really say, “don’t just do something, stand there”.
It is, for instance, particularly true in situations of very intense, high-stakes, high-emotions arguments, where often, whatever one may say will be misinterpreted by the other party. In these cases, not doing anything is a great way not only to let the muddy waters clear naturally, but it is also the best way not to get all the mud on your face! May you have a clear day, and if muddy, let it alone.
Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.
— Alan Watts
I also like this one 🙂