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Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
-- Rumi


Saturday, April 22, 2000

Where you’re headed

Weariness comes more from the waywardness of the pursuit than from the extent of the effort itself. When you constantly find yourself too tired to go on, then reconsider the direction in which you’re so wearily headed.

If your heart is not in the effort, it will fight you at every turn. Though most any external obstacle can eventually be overcome, it is impossible to win a battle against yourself.

Every day there are things you must do that you do not wish to do. That is a healthy and necessary part of life, and you can learn to be accepting, even cheerful about it. The real stumbling block comes when the overall direction of your effort goes against you. In such a case, you are doomed to constant weariness at best.

It’s where you’re headed that matters most, not where you are or what you must endure along the way. If you’re weary, seek to change your direction, not your position. When you truly believe in where you’re headed, even the most wearisome burdens become bearable.

— Ralph Marston

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