Time / Timing
Shi (时 time or timing) has the following three meanings: First, the sequence or rules of Nature’s way, such as spring, summer, autumn, and winter; or hours that mark changes of time during day and night; Second, a certain celestial phenomenon or climatic condition having impact on human activity, such as seasons for farming or timing for other activities; Third, the right time or opportunity that emerges in the course of human activity. The emergence or disappearance of timing is governed by the rules of Nature’s way or human behavior. People should gain a good understanding and master time or timing and their manifested rules and act in a way commensurate with them.
Has Nature ever said anything? The four seasons run their cyclical course and all things grow vigorously. Has Nature ever said anything? (The Analects)
Stop what you do when timing is not right, act when timing is favorable. Move and stop as dictated by timing. (The Book of Changes)