There is one thing we can do, and the happiest people are those who can do it to the limit of their ability. We can be completely present. We can be all here. We can give…our attention to the opportunity before us. – Mark Van Doren
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them” – Albert Einstein
Float like a butterfly, Sting like a bee. -Muhammad Ali
Rowers have a word for this state where you have relaxed state where you achieve a lot, some call it being in the zone where you are just so efficient. Rowers call it Swing. Recall the pure joy of riding on a backyard swing: an easy cycle of motion, the momentum coming from the swing itself. The swing carries us; we do not force it. We pump our legs to drive our arc higher, but gravity does most of the work. We are not so much swinging as being swung. The boat swings you. The shell wants to move fast: speed sings in its lines and nature. Our job is simply to work with the shell, to stop holding it back with our thrashing struggles to go faster. Trying too hard sabotages boat speed. Trying becomes striving and striving undoes itself.
-Craig Lambert in his book “Mind over water: Lessons on life from the art of rowing”
If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open for everything.
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small, manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. -Buddha