… is what herbologist Philipp Heinrich Ast recommended to his impatient patients in the middle of the 19th century. Lacking today’s highly effective medicines this can be assumed to have been the best suggestion in order to strengthen the body’s self-healing power and give it time to recover.
Ever since then this piece of advice has been passed on from generation to generation and may also be applied in its metaphorical sense whenever the solution to a task or problem cannot be found at first attempt. Today we understand that the human brain keeps on working on unfinished tasks subconsciously without our focusing on them and surprises us with solutions that appear to be heaven-sent from out of nowhere. Distance and serenity often lead to success more effortlessly than impatience and stubborn concentration.