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April 24, 2015

A Foot Of Jade

An anonymous bureaucrat came to an old master asking for help in passing his days more eventfully. All day long, he explained, he sat receiving reports; reports that had been checked by others before him, and would be checked again after he was done with them and he found it all a frightful bore. In fact, he said that his whole life had become dull and uninspiring. The master looked at him and then took brush and paper, and wrote eight Chinese characters. Translated, they said:

No day comes back again:
One inch of time is worth
A foot of jade.