To know how other people behave takes intelligence,
but to know myself takes wisdom.
To manage other people's lives takes strength, but
to manage my own life takes true power.
Perhaps if I am content with what I have, I can live simply and enjoy both prosperity and free time.
If my goals are clear, I can achieve them without fuss.
If I am at peace with myself, I will not spend my life force in conflicts.
If I have learned to let go, I do not need to fear dying.
- Heider, 1985, adapted
Sean Monsarrat, © 2021