“In the morning when you rise unwillingly, let this thought be present, – I am rising to the work of a human being. Why then am I dissatisfied if I am going to do the things for which I exist and for which I was brought into the world? Or have I been made for this, to lie in the bed-clothes and keep myself warm? Do you exist to take pleasure and not at all for action and exertion? Do you not see the little plants , the little birds, the ants, the spiders, the bees working together to put in order their several parts of the universe? And are you unwilling to do the work of a human being, and to do that which is according to your nature? Nature has fixed bounds for eating and drinking, yet you … Read More »
The root of my unhappiness lies in my competitiveness and desire to be number one at something and have it recognized by outsiders. The root of my frustration lies in never finding this thing that my natural talents were so perfectly suited for that I could easily be number one without effort. The root of my delusion lies in believing that my passion for this thing would ignite my motivation and overcome my laziness. The root of my happiness lies in the fact that none of it was ever necessary. – Albert from a meditation on Unhappiness
“A real education will not teach you to be the first. It will tell you to enjoy whatever you are doing, not for the result, but for the act itself. Just like a painter or a dancer or a musician…
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“The life so short, the craft so long to learn” – Chaucer
Take a shortcut and learn from the wisdom of others, much as your life has been enhanced by the inventors of the past; fire, wheel, electricity, human flight, art, science, etc. It’s all been left to us as a gift.
Riches and ease, it is perfectly clear, are not necessary for man’s highest culture, else had not the world been so largely indebted in all times to those who have sprung from the humbler ranks. An easy and luxurious existence does not train men to effort or encounter with difficulty; nor does it awaken that consciousness of power which is so necessary for energetic and effective action in life. Indeed, so far from poverty being a misfortune, it may, by vigorous self-help, be converted even into a blessing; rousing a man to that struggle with the world in which, though some may purchase ease by degradation, the right-minded and true-hearted find strength, confidence, and triumph.
From “Self-help” by Samuel Smiles published in 1859