SeaLife DC1400, no flash. (c) Tina Marie Doran, 2014

SeaLife DC1400, no flash. (c) Tina Marie Doran, 2014

“The mind can be permanently profaned by the habit of attending to trivial things, so that all our thoughts shall be tinged with triviality.” — Henry David Thoreau

It has been a long week, filled with the kinds of thoughts that won’t let me rest — thoughts about things that lie beyond my ability to control or fix. Even though I wouldn’t call these things banalities by any means, I think it would help my cause to consider things I cannot change to be of little consequence. After all, why obsess over the horrid behavior of others when I yet remain imperfect, and could apply myself instead to the task of self-improvement?

“It is easier to sail many thousand miles through cold and storm and cannibals, in a government ship, with five hundred men and boys to assist one, than it is to explore the private sea, the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean of one’s being alone.” — Henry David Thoreau

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