“To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life.”
T.S. Elliot, 20th Century poet, essayist, playwright, literary critic and editor
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What makes a good day a good day? What makes a good life a good life?
Take some time to filter a typical day through the lenses of being useful, showing courage, and contemplating beauty.
If you do, you will likely feel a sense of wholeness and warmth inside. I’d bet that you may also be smiling and have a twinkle in your eyes upon this reflection.
Today’s quote was shared by Tim Ferris as a nugget of wisdom he was recently pondering. Consider exploring other works by Tim and T.S. Elliot to enrich your life.
“Consider the postage stamp: Its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.”
—Josh Billings, pseudonym of 19th-century American humorist Henry Wheeler Shaw
With the advent of email and texting, my use of regular or snail mail has declined by over 90%. How about you?
For selective or special mail such as birthday cards, I’m still an old-fashioned guy who sends cards with hand-written notes.
Despite my reduced use, I cannot recall stamps every falling off, and perhaps only a few times when my special message failed to arrive. The speed with which these message got there is another story.
What current project or top priority in your professional or personal life requires even greater focus and “stick-to-it-ness” for you to get to the result or outcome you desire?