Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Quote of the Week


Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things.
It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out - it's the grain of sand in your shoe. 
―   Robert W. Service

14 comments:

Rev. Paul said...

He was a smart man.

Sherry said...

Damn right!

PPPP said...

So true. Irritants in the shoes can get your whole attention.

Many, many moons ago I completed a 50-mile hike with my old scout troop in tennis shoes. I was the second "adult". (Home from college two days then off on a really long hike.)

The boots I wore the first day caused blisters the size of quarters. One popped mid-day the second day. My feet had my attention for the rest of the week.

Blue said...

Good one. :)

Mike in Wa said...

A dandy photograph and a great line from Robert Service. He's one of my faves.
Thanks for sharing.

Old NFO said...

Very true! And that ONE grain of sand can truly be a pain!

mikelaforge said...

There is my workplace right there. Always loved Mr. Service. Thanks.

RabidAlien said...

Discovered Robert W. Service not all that long ago (did I mention I'm not a really big fan of poetry? Ironic, actually...). Love his stuff!

Doom said...

While it might seem sage, the notions in my heart tell me no. Right or wrong, wise or no, I must tilt at the winds. Even the little ones.

armedlaughing said...

Got THAT right...

gfa

idahobob said...

My gosh....ain't that the truth!

Bob
III

Lois Evensen said...

AMEN! I deal with this every day with someone who constantly wants to argue. Unless it is of grave importance that I present or defend a position, I don't engage. It is the only way to keep sanity and happiness. ;)

Robbie said...

I'm going to have to steal quote that for my fb page...

neanderthal said...

Dorothy Parker phrased it "It's not the tragedies that kill us but the messes."

She also said you can lead a horticulture but you can't make her think.

And "What fresh hell is this?"

Peace