I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.
Edward Everett Hale (1822–1909)
It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness
People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering." St. Augustine
Everybody is a genius.
But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,
it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
― Albert Einstein
A young boy came to his Grandfather, full of anger at a friend who had done him an injury. The old Grandfather said to him, "Let me tell you a story. I too, at times, have felt a great hate for those that have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do. "But hate wears you down, and does not hurt your enemy. It is like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die. I have struggled with these feelings many times." He continued, "It is as if there are two wolves inside me. One is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him, and does not take offence when no offence was intended. He will only fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way. "But the other wolf, ah! He is full of anger. The smallest thing will set him into a fit of temper. He fights everyone, all the time, for no reason. He cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is helpless anger, for his anger will change nothing. "Sometimes, it is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit." The boy looked intently into his Grandfather's eyes and asked, "Which one wins, Grandfather?" The Grandfather smiled and quietly said, "The one I feed."
From an old Native American tale
I lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall come my help? My help is in the Name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
Sharing in discussion and thought: this is what living together would seem to mean in the case of man, and not, as in the case of cattle, feeding in the same place.
Aristotle: Nichomachean Ethics §9:9
"When do I begin?", said the novice. "Now." said the Master. "Why now?" said the novice. "There is no other place to begin." said the Master. "What of the past?" asked the novice. "That is the place of wisdom." said the Master. "What of the future?" said the novice. "That is the place of hope." said the Master. "So what then is now?" said the novice. "It is the place of Love; and Love alone allows you to begin again in freedom in each succeeding now." said the Master. "So let us begin; now." The novice said nothing, the Master just smiled; and both walked on, beginning. (Br. Richard Hendrick OFM Cap)