Untethered Dog

A Commonplace By Tom Swift

Autonomy

Today’s answer isn’t social or interdependent; rather, it speaks to the need to get skills and become self-reliant. Think about what you’d ask for, and then find a way to provide it for yourself.

-Holiday Mathis, Horoscope,” StarTribune, 7-15-2018

Teaching

… a resolute and resourceful leader understands that there are a multitude of means to increase the probability of success. And that’s what it all comes down to, namely, intelligently and relentlessly seeking solutions that will increase your chance of prevailing in a competitive environment. When you do that, the score will take care of itself.

-Bill Walsh, The Score Takes Care of Itself (2009)

Steadiness

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Presence

As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment.

-John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men (Penguin Classics, 1994)

Courage

Failure is success in progress.

-Albert Einstein

Calm

Power

What does lie within our reach, however, is the change in individuals who have, or create for themselves, an opportunity to influence others of like mind. I do not mean by persuading or preaching — I am thinking, rather, of the well-known fact that anyone who has insight into his own actions, and has thus found access to the unconscious, involuntarily exercises an influence on his environment. The deepening and broadening of his consciousness produce the kind of effect which the primitives call “mana.” It is an unintentional influence on the unconscious of others, a sort of unconscious prestige, and its effect lasts only so long as it is not disturbed by conscious intention.

-C.G. Jung, The Undiscovered Self (1957)

Strength

Integrity

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.

-Thomas Paine

Persistence

The process is all so slow, as dreams are slow, as dreams suspend time like a balloon hung in midair. I want it all to happen now. I want that catcher to appear. I want whatever miracle I am party to, to prosper and grow: I want the dimensions of time that have been loosened from their foundations to entwine like a basketful of bright embroidery threads. But it seems that even for dreams, I have to work and wait. It hardly seems fair.

-W.P. Kinsella, Shoeless Joe (1982)