“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