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Everything is material for the seed of happiness, if you look into it with inquisitiveness and curiosity.
-- Pema Chodron


Monday, August 8, 2022

In the flow

A job well done has value in its own right. Even when no one else ever admires the painting, or reads the essay, or strolls through the garden, the creation is well worth the effort.

What do you get in return for your time, your attention to detail, your dedication to excellence? At the very least you’re guaranteed the experience of putting forth all that goodness.

And that’s not nothing. Indeed, it is something that brings genuine richness to life.

At what times in your life are you most alive? At those times when you’re in the flow of creativity and productivity, when you’re focused, disciplined, purposeful.

The richest people are not rich because they have money, they have money because they focus on fulfilling and expressing life’s richness. Material wealth is a fortunate side effect of spending time in a purposeful and productive flow.

That flow is its own reward, and more often than not it spawns many other rewards. You’ll always treasure the time you spend in sustained focused effort, in deep conversation, in long concentration, in the flow.

— Ralph Marston

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