Einstein wrote this in 1922 just as he learned of his Nobel Prize in physics. Either the bellhop refused a tip, or Einstein didn’t have money so he wrote that advice instead. On a second sheet, he wrote another message: “Where there’s a will there’s a way.” Einstein told the bellhop to save the notes — they just might be valuable in the future.
In October 2017, the first fetched about $1.6 million at auction. The second brought a mere $240,000.
Most of us have plenty (by a lot of standards). Not having enough, by itself, isn’t why we choose to be unhappy.
It’s simply having enough and not knowing it.
Our minds are always active. We analyze, reflect, daydream, or dream. There is not a moment during the day or night when we are not thinking. You might say our thinking is “unceasing.” Sometimes we wish that we could stop thinking for a while; that would save us from many worries, guilt feelings, and fears. Our ability to think is our greatest gift, but it is also the source of our greatest pain. Do we have to become victims of our unceasing thoughts? No, we can convert our unceasing thinking into unceasing prayer by making our inner monologue into a continuing dialogue with our God, who is the source of all love.
Let’s break out of our isolation and realize that Someone who dwells in the center of our beings wants to listen with love to all that occupies and preoccupies our minds.
author of guts: the endless follies & tiny triumphs of a giant disaster
Man approaches God most nearly when he is in one sense least like God. For what can be more unlike than fullness and need, sovereignty and humility, righteousness and penitence, limitless power and a cry for help?
CS Lewis — The Four Loves
“When he was a young man he prayed constantly for chastity; but years later he realized that while his lips had been saying ‘Oh Lord, make me chaste,’ his heart had been secretly adding, ‘But please don’t do it just yet.” — Mere Christianity
“The Christian idea of marriage is based on Christ’s words that a man and wife are to be regarded as a single organism — for that is what the words ‘one flesh’ would be in modern English. And the Christians believe that when He said this He was not expressing a sentiment but stating a fact — just as one is stating a fact when one says that a lock and its key are one mechanism, or that a violin and a bow are one musical instrument.” ― Mere Christianity
“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
— mere christianity