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Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.
-- Rachel Carson


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Don’t be so certain

If you’ve decided you already know everything this day will hold, you’ve walled yourself off from its best possibilities. If you’re sure of exactly how the experience will be, you won’t get much out of it.

Be intentional, be purposeful, be confident, but don’t always be so certain. Rejoice in the knowledge that you don’t know it all, haven’t seen it all.

Live with the courage and humility to admit there’s a whole, wonderful universe out there you know nearly nothing about. Open yourself to truths that it seems cannot be true.

Listen to the rumble of a distant train, and resist the urge to look up where it’s going. Instead, imagine you’re riding along with it to a mysterious destination, wondering what you’ll see when you get there.

Just because you know the facts doesn’t mean you understand the entire truth. Sometimes what you don’t know can rouse you to feel more fully alive than all you do know.

Let go of the need to always be so certain. And let in more of the wondrous treasures you never knew you never knew of.

— Ralph Marston

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