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There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘All right, then, have it your way.’

Light and darkness

— C.S. Lewis

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If you are in Gyaros, do not let your mind dwell upon life in Rome, and all the pleasures it offered to you when living there, and all that would attend your return. Rather, be intent on this—how he that lives in Gyaros may live in Gyaros like a man of spirit. And if you are in Rome, do not let your mind dwell upon life in Athens, but study only how to live in Rome. 

Finally, in the room of all other pleasures put this—the pleasure which springs from conscious acquiescence to God.

Epictetus, public domain

Epictetus (Public domain)

(Gyaros is a small, desolate island in the Aegean Sea which served as a place of exile in the early Roman Empire.)

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Opportunity

Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.

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— Demosthenes (Public Domain)

…And small opportunities swirl everywhere around you, it just takes the right perspective to see them with clarity.

MSH, Penn Wealth

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The Best Plan

The best plan is to profit by the folly of others.

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— Pliny the Elder (Public domain)

…And just look around—folly is everywhere. Focus on your passion, see who is doing it wrong (either by accident or intent), and flip the script. Forge ahead and revolutionize an industry, or at least a part of it. Own it, and let nothing stop your progress.

MSH, Penn Wealth

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Surplus

A man with a surplus can control circumstances, but a man without a surplus is controlled by them, and often he has no opportunity to exercise judgment.

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—Harvey Samuel Firestone (1910; Public domain)

…This quote may make us feel a bit uneasy, but its truth cannot be denied. Perhaps the surplus Firestone is talking about is strictly monetary, but it could also easily include the conditions under which one is born. A nurturing, loving family, for example, versus a loathsome and dysfunctional one.

We look at all of the men and women throughout history who have overcome great odds to achieve something in life, but that doesn’t change the fact that the journey is easier for some than others. One child goes through life knowing that the path will be paved for them, while another must struggle to cut their way through the forest. Ironically, it is often the former who will lose their way, never appreciating what they were given.

Life may not seem fair, and a challenge that can easily be solved with money can seem insurmountable to someone with none. Remember, however, that God gave us our own unique circumstances in life for a reason. We had to be right here, right now, and we had to overcome this specific set of challenges. By understanding this truth, we can forge ahead decisively and with happiness, knowing that our Divine Path truly has been paved for us.

—MSH

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Spiritual Light

People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.

Stained glass windows of the chapel of sainte chapelle in paris

—Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.

mountain path uphill to the sky at sunset

—C.S. Lewis

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