Underground overground*

Don’t aim at success – the more you aim at it and make it your target, the more you are got to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue … as the intended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a course greater than oneself.**
(Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)

There’s a huge amount of new home building happening on my side of Edinburgh. If you were to evaluate this building push on houses and apartments appearing then it appears that nothing is happening for ages.

Of course, there’s a huge amount of work happening: determining where ground level will be, stabilising this, laying drainage, putting in building roads, and then laying the foundations.

No one would want to buy a property where this hadn’t scrupulously taken place.

Of course, foundations and superstructures is a much used way of thinking about our lives, as is the more natural growth of a plant. Whichever image we prefer, we know we must never rush or ignore what happens below the surface if we want to see anything worthwhile appearing above the surface.

The best news is, unlike houses, and even trees, we can go return to the foundational things for our lives whenever we want or need to. Indeed, the wise person knows that this is a daily must.

(*Thank you to the Wombles for the title.
(**From Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow.)

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