4 I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit.
The mind must be given relaxation- it will rise improved and sharper after a good break. Just as rich fields must not be forced- for they will quickly lose their fertility if never given a break- so constant work on the anvil will fracture the force of the mind. But it will regains its powers if it is set free and relaxed for a while. Constant work gives rise to a certain kind of dullness and feebleness in the rational soul.
— Seneca, On Tranquility of Mind 17.5 —
15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit[a] of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
There are many aspect to success, material wealth is only one component. Moreover, success is a journey, not a destination. Material abundance, happens to be one of those things that make the journey enjoyable. But success also includes good health, energy and enthusiasm for life, fulfilling relationship, creating freedom, emotional and psychological stability, a sense of well being and peace of mind.
A man and the pearl
Gareth Michael Tanner
A man who was feeling very disheartened went down to the beach. He found a shiny pearl sitting amongst the sand and pebbles. It gleamed brightly in the morning sun and his heart was lifted.
"I will keep this forever." he said to himself as he rubbed it gently with his finger and thumb.
Daily Touch of Inspirations
December 24th: Meaningless... like a fine wine
Ryan Holiday, The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom Perseverance and Art of Living