The following saying has been quoted to me by several former members of the Holy Order of MANS, and attributed to Father Philip McCaffery:
The first step in alchemy is: If possible, do nothing.
This is well worth pondering. When we take action for transformation, whether in ourselves or for others, we need not carry on with lots of hubbub and doing. We do only what is truly necessary, and, if possible, we wait until we can see clearly what that is. And sometimes, what is necessary is precisely doing nothing, allowing things to take their natural course.