“In order to settle down in the quiet of our own being we must learn to be detached from the results of our own activity. We must withdraw ourselves, to some extent, from effects that are beyond our control and be content with the good will and the work that are the quiet expression of our inner life. We must be content to live without watching ourselves live, to work without expecting an immediate reward, to love without an instantaneous satisfaction, and to exist without any special recognition.” – Thomas Merton, No Man is an Island
Immerse yourself into each day with no attachments or expectations with the exception of giving your very best to each moment, each person. When we focus on doing good and being authentic, it’s so much more than enough. Detach from that which you have no real influence and get out of your own way.
Thank you! Beautifully stated.
Thanks – enjoy the week!
Make it last 🙂
I needed this reminder tonight..thank you
Thanks – I need a lot of reminders!
Me too..especially lately. But I will remain centered, and calm…with a bit of effort at times lol
Centered, calm requires effort these days. Awareness is the first step.
Oooh I love this quote!
Thank you for the beautifully written reminder 🙂
Thomas Merton is one of my favorites. Thanks.
This is the best and simplest advice I have received in a very, very long time. Thank you for sharing 😉
Thanks for taking the time to comment.
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Which of course brings the question: how do I detach? When I try to detach I am then attached to being detached.
I suppose we attach to life then 🙂