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If you pursue good with labor, the labor passes away but the good remains; if you pursue evil with pleasure, the pleasure passes away and the evil remains.

—Cicero (Public Domain)

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The average person puts only 25% of their energy and ability into their work. The world takes its hat off to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%.

Carnegie, Andrew, PD, 1913

—Andrew Carnegie (1913, by Theodore Marceau; Public domain)

…Upon first read, it may seem as though this Carnegie quote is at odds with how we are taught to live. After all, isn’t it important to have a “balanced” life, compartmentalizing our time between work, family, play, and (most importantly) worship? Absolutely, but that doesn’t take anything away from the singularity of focus leaders have toward their craft.

Two of my favorite examples are Walt Disney and Steve Jobs. Both of these souls dedicated themselves to their passion right up to the end. Walt Disney designed a plan for a new theme park in his mind, using the tiles on his hospital room ceiling as a sort of graph paper. Steve Jobs continued to lead his design teams at Apple right up until he could no longer physically travel.

Let’s talk about spirituality, the bedrock of our existence (whether we accept it or not). Carnegie, Disney, and Jobs could be ruthless leaders at times. In fact, there are certain characteristics of all three men we should pray to avoid. Jobs, in fact, shunned religion for virtually all of his life. But that doesn’t change the fact that all three accomplished great things by having an incredible level of focus on their calling. The role of a Higher Power working through us cannot be diminished simply because we do not accept that fact. Or, as C.S. Lewis so eloquently put it, “A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.”

So, let’s use the examples of Carnegie, Disney, and Jobs to give ourselves to the one passion that drives us, but with the understanding that we are simply tapping into God’s great power from within to accomplish great things. With that in mind, we can add an incredible component to our journey: Divine Happiness.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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It is a general error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for their welfare.

NPG 655; Edmund Burke studio of Sir Joshua Reynolds

— Edmund Burke (1771, by Joshua Reynolds; Public Domain)

…God bless the men and women who get up every day and do the work needed to better themselves and their families. They move forward without complaint, no matter how difficult the task at hand. They have neither the time nor the inclination to join in the mob mentality; instead, they take full responsibility for where they are in life, and move forward with a steely determination, taking comfort in the fact that their Creator is always there with them.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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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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You and I must not complain if our plans break down if we have done our part. That probably means that the plans of One who knows more than we do have succeeded.

Hale, Edward E, pd see file

— Edward E. Hale (Public domain)

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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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