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Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them.
-- Hugh Miller


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Steadily increasing quality

Having more, doing more, seeing and experiencing more, those are great to a point. Then they’re not.

If you spread yourself too thin in order to have everything, you lose the ability to enjoy anything. When your attention is pointing in a thousand different directions, it’s not really pointing anywhere.

Visualize yourself hiking along a mountain road under a clear blue sky with a few treasured friends. Then think of how much less enjoyable the same trip would be in a bus with a hundred people crammed inside.

Packing too many activities, possessions, priorities and commitments into your life can have a similar negative effect. It’s better to clear out the meaningless stuff, giving yourself time and space to enjoy the beauty.

Ambition is admirable, and following that ambition makes your whole world a better place. Being insatiable, though, just makes you weary, ineffective, and not very pleasant to be around.

Though countless good possibilities tug at you, follow only the ones you can give yourself to fully. Instead of always craving more quantity, build yourself a life of steadily increasing quality.

— Ralph Marston

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