A tale is told
How God in the Beginning sent three sons
Into the World—Earth, Water and the Forest—
With one and twenty gifts for Earth and men
That are the sons of Earth; and all save one
The Forest and the Rivers stole; and how
God promised to his first-born, Earth, that men
Should win the twenty gifts again by virtue
Of that last one, Good Humour.

Myths of Ífè

Book 2, IV

Why should any of these things that happen externally, so much distract thee?

Give thyself leisure to learn some good thing, and cease roving and wandering to and fro.

Thou must also take heed of another kind of wandering, for they are idle in their actions, who toil and labour in this life, and have no certain scope to which to direct all their motions, and desires.

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

It is enough that the job needs to be done and that you are doing your best to get it done.

Eknath Easwaran

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January 5, 2017