Wednesday, May 27, 2020

cultivation of an orderly mind....................

To a great extent fatigue in such cases is due to worry, and worry could be prevented by a better philosophy of life and little more mental discipline.  Most men and women are very deficient in control over their thoughts.  I mean by this that they cannot cease to think about worrying topics at times when no action can be taken in regard to them. . . . It is amazing how much both happiness and efficiency can be increased by the cultivation of an orderly mind, which thinks about a matter adequately at the right time rather than inadequately at all times.  When a difficult or worrying decision has to be reached, as soon as all the data are available, give the matter your best thought and make your decision; having made the decision, do not revise it unless some new fact comes to your knowledge.  Nothing is so exhausting as indecision, and nothing so futile.

-Bertrand Russell,  The Conquest of Happiness

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