Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.
Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench.
Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner.
Do your work, then step back.
The only path to serenity.
— from Tao Te Ching, by Stephen Mitchell
There is a time to reap and there is a time to sow. There is a time to put the work in, but to what aim if I cannot sit back once in a while to enjoy the fruits of my labor? To take in the new vantage point afforded by my steady climb? Yes, the views at the top are amazing. But there are plenty of A+ views along the way that offer different perspectives and rewards.
Put the work in. Enjoy the work. The journey itself is rewarding.
I shouldn’t focus so much on getting it “right.” My efforts should be geared more towards getting started and maintaining momentum. I’ll get there — one step at a time.
Momentum is it’s own form of serenity.