feels Right, Correct and Good.
Line-1Legge: The first line, dynamic, shows its subject returning from an error of no great extent, which would not proceed to anything requiring repentance. There will be great good fortune.
Wilhelm/Baynes: Return from a short distance. No need for remorse. Great good fortune.
Blofeld: Returning from nearby -- nothing much to regret and sublime good fortune!
Liu: Return from not far away. No remorse. Great good fortune.
Ritsema/Karcher: Not distancing Returning. Without merely repenting. Spring significant.
Shaughnessy: Not returning from afar; there is no mention of regret; prime auspiciousness.
Cleary (1): Returning not far; no regret.
Cleary (2): Returning not far, no regret, very auspicious.
Wu: He does not wander far from Return. There will be no cause for regret. Great fortune.
COMMENTARYConfucius/Legge: Returning from an error of no great extent is the prelude to the cultivation of the person. Wilhelm/Baynes: Thus one cultivates one's character. Blofeld: Turning back before having gone too far is a means of self-discipline. Ritsema/Karcher: Using adjusting individuality indeed. Cleary (2): Returning that is not far is done by cultivating oneself. Wu: To return before wandering far is a way of cultivating oneself.
The Master said:I may venture to say that the son of the Yen family [Yen Hui, Confucius' favorite disciple] had nearly attained the standard of perfection. If anything that he did was not good, he was sure to become conscious of that; and when he knew it, he did not do the same thing again. As is said in the I Ching, "The first line shows its subject returning from an error that has not led him far away. There is no occasion for repentance. There will be great good."
Legge: The subject of line one is the only dynamic line in the hexagram, meaning here, says Ch'eng-tzu, "the way of the superior man." There must have been some deviation from that, or "returning" could not be spoken of.
NOTES AND PARAPHRASESSiu: At the outset, the man returns to the original course of goodness after a minor setback. There is no cause for remorse since the evil is put aside quickly.
Wing: You may be considering an idea that is by nature contrary to your principles. Exercise self-discipline and hold to what you feel is right. In this way you cultivate your character and will surely attain great things.
Editor: The line describes one who turns around immediately when he discovers his error.
Line 1 Return from a short distance, no remorse = great good fortune. Changes to (2) Receptive. You realize that a path was not correct and return. Your decision has consequences for others who might be expecting you to continue in a different direction. You need to follow your own insight and not just blindly follow others which will lead to good fortune.