Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.*
The man of action … forgets a great deal to do one thing.**
Strength isn’t invincibility, peace isn’t serene calmness.
They never have been.
They are about continuing and overcoming through failure and doubt, difficulty and anxiety, challenge and complexity, against the odds to prosper and flourish.
So we keep going with what it is we must do.
Maybe if we’re feeling invincible and serenely calm then we’re not doing what we must.
*John Wooden, quoted in Mary Reckmeyer’s Strengths Based Parenting;
**Friedrich Nietzsche, quoted in Lewis Hyde’s A Primer for Forgetting.
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