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Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
-- William Butler Yeats


Monday, May 29, 2023

Take yes for an answer

You can become so obsessed with what you desire that the desire takes on a life of its own. Then, when you actually get what you desire, there’s a big empty hole where the desire used to be.

Learn to take yes for an answer. When you get what you want, be prepared to do something meaningful with it.

How do you do that? By focusing less on desire and more on purpose.

When there’s something you want, ask yourself why. Do you desire it just for the sake of having a desire or is there a deeper reason, and an even deeper reason underlying that?

Do you want it just so you can say you have it, or will it serve some purpose that’s meaningful to you? Before you become too invested in any desire, make sure it is worthy of your effort and energy.

Then, when you actually get what you desire, you won’t be left feeling empty. You’ll know exactly what you can do, and why.

— Ralph Marston

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