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You don't get to choose how you're going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now.
-- Joan Baez
 

 

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Let life sink in

Have the courage and wisdom to spend time alone, thinking. Give yourself the chance to let life sink in, to make sense of what you learn and experience.

If someone handed you twenty million dollars in cash, would you simply set it aside and rush ahead to the next encounter? No, you would take the time to deposit the funds into your bank account.

The wealth of data you receive each day requires the same sort of diligence. You must integrate its value into the structure of your life and your purpose.

That takes thought, and time, and focus, and care. Absent such diligence, all the stimulation and information in the world is useless to you.

Of course you don’t want to spend all your time just contemplating. Seek to find an optimum balance between thinking about life and putting your thoughts into living practice.

Engage, observe, and act in the real world. Then on a regular basis, give focused thought to all you’ve learned and experienced, so as to make the best of it going forward.

— Ralph Marston

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