Lemon #30. Live in compartments
While reading «How to stop worrying and start living», this is what we learned:
By all means take thought for the tomorrow, yes, careful thought and planning and preparation. But have no anxiety.
The chief difference between good thinking and bad thinking is this: good thinking deals with causes and effects and leads to logical, constructive planning; bad thinking frequently leads to tension and nervous breakdowns.
Let’s be content to live the only time we can possibly live: from now until bedtime. Anyone can do his or her work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down. And this is all that life really means.
One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We’re all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. Why’re we such fools-such tragic fools?
«The child says: When I’m a big boy. The big boy says: When I grow up. And then, he says: «When I get married. But to be married, what’s that after all? The thought changes to ‘When I’m able to retire’. And then, when retirement comes, he has missed it all and life is gone. Life is in the living, in the tissue of every day and hour.
The old Romans had a word for it. In fact, they had two words for it. Carpe diem. «Enjoy the day.» Or, «Seize the day.» Yes, seize the day, and make the most of it.
Dale Carnegie @ How to stop worrying and start living.