I am listening to the East of Eden audiobook and wanted to share these two quotes by Steinbeck.
1. “In human affairs of danger and delicacy successful conclusion is sharply limited by hurry. So often, men trip by being in a rush. If one were properly to perform a difficult and subtle act, he should first inspect the end to be achieved and then, once he had accepted the end as desirable, he should forget it completely and concentrate solely on the means. By this method he would not be moved by false action by anxiety or hurry or fear. Very few people learn this.”
Too often I go back and forth between how I feel about situations and what I want to do. Although this quote is about an evil woman doing evil things I like how it teaches us to wait patiently, unperturbed for opportunities to achieve and our deeds to be complete.
2. “There are techniques of the human mind whereby, in its dark deep, problems are examined, rejected or accepted. Such activities sometimes concern facets a man does not know he had. How often one goes to sleep troubled and full of pain, not knowing what causes the travail, and in the morning a whole new direction and clearness is there, maybe the result of the black reasoning. And again there mornings when ecstasy bubbles in the blood.”
As I said earlier I like to change my a lot, almost daily. I also like to play experiments on my mind (mainly because I’m easy to trick). In my experiments I have found that as soon as I change how I see a situation or person it is what it or they become. The individual mind is a very powerful thing and especially our outlook on life. This is scary but also a good thing.