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If you must tell me your opinions, tell me what you believe in. I have plenty of doubts of my own.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Friday, August 8, 1997

Effort and rest

Can you stop the Earth from spinning? Can you stop the progression of the seasons? As preposterous as it may sound, many people try, at least with their own lives.

The Earth spins, and we have day and night. A time for effort, and a time for rest. The slightly tilted Earth orbits the sun, and we have the seasons of the year. A time for planting, for growing, for harvesting, and for rest.

The cycle of effort and rest is deeply ingrained in the world around us, and in us as well. A good night’s sleep makes for a good day’s work. And a day full of effort, makes for a good night’s sleep. Get too far off in either direction -- work with no rest, or rest with no work -- and your efforts become useless.

You cannot avoid the need for balance any more than you can stop the Earth from spinning. Work hard, rest well, and enjoy the optimum performance that comes from a well balanced life.

— Ralph Marston

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