We all have a way of living a day. Some live by “to-dos” and others by circumstances. Last year, while working on a project, I was searching for a method or something to cope with the stress that takes toll on my body and mind.
The search ended when I was introduced to a book or you can call it a speech given by Mr.William Osler titled “A way of Life” to the students of Yale University. The best thing about the book is that is less than 50 pages and easy to read. If you have read any mindfulness books or taken some course, you will find some similarity here
Here are some of the quotes which I saved for future reference. I hope this will help somebody to face the day with courage and positive attitude:-
- The way of Life that I preach is a habit to be acquired gradually by long and steady repetition. It is the practice of living for the day only, and for the day’s work, Life in “day-tight compartment”.
- Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand
- The chief worries of life arise from the foolish habit of looking before and after
- Touch a button and hear, at every level of your life, the iron door shutting out the past- the dead yesterday. Touch another and shut off, with a metal curtain, the false- the unborn tomorrow. Then you are safe. Safer for today.
- Many a man is handicapped in his course by a cursed combination of retro- and intro-spection, the mistakes of yesterday paralyzing the efforts of today
- The future is today- there is no tomorrow! The day of a man’s salvation is now- the life of the present, of today, lived earnestly, intently, without a forward looking thought. Let the limit of your horizon be a twenty-four hour circle.
- Shut close in hour-tight compartments, with the mind directed intensely upon the subject in hand, you will acquire the capacity to do more and more, you will get into training, and once the mental habit is established, you are safe for life.
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