Things to worry about

Things to worry about:

  • Worry about courage
  • Worry about Cleanliness
  • Worry about efficiency
  • Worry about horsemanship
  • Worry about…

Things not to worry about:

  • Don’t worry about popular opinion
  • Don’t worry about dolls
  • Don’t worry about the past
  • Don’t worry about the future
  • Don’t worry about growing up
  • Don’t worry about anybody getting ahead of you
  • Don’t worry about triumph
  • Don’t worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault
  • Don’t worry about mosquitoes
  • Don’t worry about flies
  • Don’t worry about insects in general
  • Don’t worry about parents
  • Don’t worry about boys
  • Don’t worry about disappointments
  • Don’t worry about pleasures
  • Don’t worry about satisfactions

Things to think about:

  • What am I really aiming at?
  • How good am I really in comparison to my contemporaries in regard to:

o   Scholarship

o   Do I really understand about people and am I able to get along with them?

o   Am I trying to make my body a useful instrument or am I neglecting it?

 

–          F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Life in Letters:

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The Don’t Know Mind

“One way to encourage intuition is to enter what Korean Zen master Sueng Sahn call the “Don’t Know Mind”.

It is important to remember that in order to develop curiosity and fascination as a way of being in the world, we have to concentrate on the curiosity itself and not let ourselves get seduced into the habit of grasping for answers.

It is easy to have the illusion that understanding something will make everything better. If this was true, the smartest people would be the happiest.

Happiness involves many other factors beside knowledge.

The desire to know is a strong motivating factor in our intellectual learning. The spiritual approach is to be able to take a completely fresh view of each moment. Even when we have an answer, it is right only for its moment, because the next moment is completely new.”
– Wendy Palmer in “The Intuitive Body”

Thought I’ll share

The harmony between work and inspiration

As 2013 makes space for 2014 I find how one of my favorite composer, Tchaikovsky beautifully describes the harmony between work and inspiration. Something to remember for the new year.

Scene from the Nutcracker

Scene from the Nutcracker

I found his words browsing through brainpickings.org (A site I can really recommend).  It is from a fantastic letter Tchaikovsky wrote to his benefactress, Nadezhda von Meck, dated March 17th, 1878, and found in the 1905 volume The Life & Letters of Pete Ilich Tchaikovsky (public domain):

Do not believe those who try to persuade you that composition is only a cold exercise of the intellect. The only music capable of moving and touching us is that which flows from the depths of a composer’s soul when he is stirred by inspiration. There is no doubt that even the greatest musical geniuses have sometimes worked without inspiration. This guest does not always respond to the first invitation. We must always work, and a self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood. If we wait for the mood, without endeavouring to meet it half-way, we easily become indolent and apathetic. We must be patient, and believe that inspiration will come to those who can master their disinclination.

A few days ago I told you I was working every day without any real inspiration. Had I given way to my disinclination, undoubtedly I should have drifted into a long period of idleness. But my patience and faith did not fail me, and to-day I felt that inexplicable glow of inspiration of which I told you; thanks to which I know beforehand that whatever I write to-day will have power to make an impression, and to touch the hearts of those who hear it. I hope you will not think I am indulging in self-laudation, if I tell you that I very seldom suffer from this disinclination to work. I believe the reason for this is that I am naturally patient. I have learnt to master myself, and I am glad I have not followed in the steps of some of my Russian colleagues, who have no self-confidence and are so impatient that at the least difficulty they are ready to throw up the sponge. This is why, in spite of great gifts, they accomplish so little, and that in an amateur way.

(http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/07/24/tchaikovsky-on-work-ethic-vs-inspiration/)

Look Well to This Day

Look well to this day,
For it and it alone is life.
In its brief course
Lie all the essence of your existence:
The Glory of Growth
The Satisfaction of Achievement
The Splendor of Beauty
For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is but a vision.
But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness,
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
– Anonymous, 50 B.C.