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To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
-- George Santayana
 

 

Monday, February 12, 2024

It can wait

You’d like to do it all at once. But that’s just not possible.

Focus your awareness and energy on the single best choice for now. Intentionally set aside other matters until you can give each one the time and attention it deserves.

Occasionally you’ll encounter a genuine emergency, a situation you must address immediately. But for anything else, you’ll benefit by reminding yourself it can wait until you’re done with what’s at hand.

Your eagerness to get started is great, and your concern about waiting too long is well founded. Yet you must work within the reality that there’s only so much you can do at once.

Certainly you don’t want to put off any important task indefinitely. However, it doesn’t accomplish anything to get too far ahead of yourself.

Fully enjoy what you enjoy, and deal effectively with what must be handled. Instead of failing to do everything at once, succeed by giving to each experience the time required to live it well.

— Ralph Marston

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