Friday, April 09, 2021
William James was an American philosopher, historian and psychologist, and according to Wikipedia, was the first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States. He died more than 110 year ago, yet his words live on.
Two of his quotes came to my attention this morning and as often happens, are so appropriate and seem so directed toward me, that I feel a need to share.
"Action may not bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action." - From my perpetual desk flip calendar.
Meaning, I really should get off my behind - literally -- and do something good. But what? And why? Who would get anything from whatever I'd do? (I'm trying to talk myself OUT of something here when I should be trying to talk myself INTO something.)
Thus the second quote which I found when looking up William James.
"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."
What we do does make a difference. I might not see that difference today or next week or ever. But I guess it doesn't really matter. When I understand I can make a difference, that's enough for me.