Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Ultimate relinquishment

Sadly many people believe that personal progress is all about acquisition. Here's another way of thinking about it that I favor:

Perfection, then, is finally achieved, not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The more we let go, the more we relinquish, the more mature we become and the more genuine happiness is real for us.

(And, by the way, the word "perfection" in the quotation above does not refer to perfectionism but rather to completion or wholeness.)

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