Wednesday, July 13, 2016

From the archives: a good quote from "Q"

First posted June 2012
"We are all on pilgrimage here: and though to beguile the road I have sung a song or two, and told perhaps too many stories, there has also been time to make a notebook of a few good thoughts I met on the way and pondered and sometimes took to rest with me.
"Perhaps the best of all, for all weathers and for every business, is the following of Fenelon's, which I have kept for my preface:—

 'Do everything without excitement, simply in the spirit
of grace. So soon as you perceive natural activity gliding in, recall yourself quietly into the presence of God...'
"You will find yourself infinitely more quiet, your words will be fewer and more effectual, and, while doing less, what you do will be more profitable. It is not a question of a hopeless mental activity, but a question of acquiring a quietude and peace in which you readily advise with your beloved as to all you have to do."
--Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, Preface to The Pilgrims' Way


Karen in KY said...

Exactly what I needed to hear today. Will be sharing.

Mama Squirrel said...

Easy to read, but so hard to do. Because it's more reassuring to be busy.