Welcome to my Daily Inspiration - Daily Quote. See today's daily inspirational quotes below.
May the world be kind to you, and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself. - Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Get my Free Daily Inspiration Quotes email.

Your E-Mail Address:
Your Name:

Next step: Click link in confirmation email.

Each email contains an unsubscribe link. We will NEVER abuse your email.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for Help.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Lao Tzu: Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu
Hurrying - urgency - robs life of its quality. Patience is more than a virtue, patience is a joyful way of living. Don't accomplish less, but focus on the most important things, and proceed at a natural comfortable pace. The soft water of the river cuts through the hardest rock - in its own time.

8 comments:

  1. TO HURRY LOSES YOUR TIME AND SENSE OF WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU MUST DO. THUS TAKE PATIENCE TO REALIZE THE SPECIAL THINGS IN LIFE AND THEN YOU CAN REALIZE HOW WONDERFUL THE WORLD CAN BE IN IT NATUROUS COMFORTABLE PLACE. IT PORTARYS SOMEWHAT HARDNESS AT TIMES BUT WITH OUR OWN PATIENCE WE CAN WALK THROUGH IT.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Haste makes waste. Something I learned, because I would have to do things over again. I have learned to slow down and do what I can do today and worry about tomorrow when it gets here. To do or NOT to do. Who cares. It will be done eventually, OR NOT.

    ReplyDelete
  3. How can one apply this principle to tight deadlines at work?

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thanks for your question, "How can one apply this principle to tight deadlines at work?" ...

    I'm going to answer your question with a series of questions...

    Who sets these deadlines, you or someone else?

    Do you feel a commitment to meeting the deadlines, or are you responding out of fear of consequences for not meeting someone else's deadline?

    What would be the worst that would happen if you didn't meet the deadlines?

    What are your values in life? What do you want written on your tombstone, "Always stayed late at the office to meet deadlines?"

    Be clear that everything you do and do not do is your choice. Working overtime to meet deadlines is a completely valid personal choice, but it's not the only choice. Take full personal responsibility for each of your choices in life, and do your best to ensure that you create the most joyful life you can.

    There is nothing I ever need to have.
    There is nothing I ever need to do.
    I say NO to the demands of the world.
    I say YES to the longings of my own heart. - jlh

    Decide whether your deadlines are "demands of the world" or "longings of your own heart," and take action accordingly.

    Often deadlines DO represent longings of the heart. Preparing a Daily Inspiration message each day, seven days a week, certainly represents a deadline for me, but doing so is very much a longing of my own heart.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Jonathan, I Seesee,agree with all your above statements....and so do many others,two of which follows: Henry D. Thoreau: "A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man's life as in a book. Haste makes waste, no less in life than in other matters....Observe the hours of the universe, not of the railroad cars." & Anonymous: "Rome wasn't built in a day."

    ReplyDelete
  6. valid explanation but then again you dont set the deadline...its the office that builds up the pressure in you...deadlines set by others as far as office work is concerned are out of your control.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Your response to the actions of others is always within your own control. This is true both of how you respond in the physical world, and especially how you respond emotionally.

    ReplyDelete
  8. All one asks of you is that you do your best and whistle while you work. It's really that simple. We tend to try and analyze things when the answer is staring you in the face.

    ReplyDelete

Subscribe to the Feedburner feed for Daily Inspiration - Daily Quote.

Please visit www.jlhuie.com often for quotes to inspire, motivate, comfort, or nudge you to look at life in new ways. Each day there are several new quotes on a common theme, which might be finding comfort, living life to the fullest, being of service to the less fortunate, giving thanks for your blessings, or a myriad of other topics. I hope you also like each day's picture-quote. Please let my know what you think of my Daily Quotes by emailing me at jlh @ sail7 .com

I recommend that you subscribe to my free Daily Inspiration - Daily Quote email using the form at the top of this page. However, if you find that method unreliable, you may receive my Daily Inspiration email via Google-FeedBurner. Add jlh@sail7.com to your address book to ensure delivery to your in-box.

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner