I suppose if I were to assess my life: what is done and left undone, I would attribute the accomplished more to the following quote than any other practical thing I can think of.
Tender handed stroke a nettle,
And it stings you for your pains,
Grasp it like a man of mettle,
And it soft as silk remains. Aaron Hill.
Stinging nettles if brushed against, will sting like a bee; I know by experience.
But if you grasp it firmly it will not; that I don't know by experience, but the principle remains.
I think the quote is summed up by another this way ---
“Only engage, and then the mind grows heated;
Begin, and then the work will be completed.”
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