The “DIscreet Heroism of Everyday Life”

In “The Principles of Uncertainty”, the illustrator, artist, and writer, Maira Kalman, writes of  the bravery needed to “take step after step” taking care “not to trip and yet” trip sometimes, “and then get up.”

In “The Fall”, Albert Camus writes that “in this world….Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement.”

Alexandre Jollien observes (“In Search of Wisdom”) that

There is a discreet heroism of everyday life: getting up in the morning, being generous, facing difficulties without losing one’s joy.

Swami Vivekananda (“The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda”) tells us that if we “really want to judge of the character of a man”, we are better off looking not at “his great performances” but rather at his life every day. “Watch a man do his most common actions; those are indeed the things which will tell you the real character of a great man.”

Peace 🙂

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