The first is a quotation from an address delivered to the Yale student body in 1913 by the physician Sir William Osler. Osler shared with the students his philosophy of life of "living in day-tight compartments." Said Osler: "Throw away all ambition beyond that of doing the day’s work well. The travellers on the road to success live in the present, heedless of taking thought for the morrow. Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day absorb your entire energies and satisfy your widest ambition."
The second is from the baseball player Mickey Rivers: "Ain’t no sense worrying about things you got control over, because if you got control over them, ain’t no sense worrying. And there ain’t no sense worrying about things you got no control over either, because if you got no control over them, ain’t no sense worrying."
Rob Schutt shared a relevant quote with us in Sunday School. He carries in his billfold these words of John Schaar: "The future is not some place we are going to but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination."
©1997 C. David Hess