Set a soul-strengthening pace

Each new day is brimming with opportunity. Overflowing with it. Awash.

To allow one’s self to be carried away
by a multitude of conflicting concerns,
To surrender to too many demands,
To want to help everyone in everything,
Is to succumb to violence.

Frenzy destroys our inner capacity for peace.
It destroys the fruitfulness of our work
because it kills the root of inner wisdom
which makes work fruitful. (Thomas Merton)

Beware of endless opportunities and limitless distractions. When we choose to strengthen our souls by exercising our “no” muscles, we strengthen others as well. Because there’s always someone watching. You wield more influence than you think.