Quote for Work

Three Rules of Work by Albert Einstein

1 out of clutter, find simplicity
2 from discord find harmony
3 in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity

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11 thoughts on “Quote for Work

  1. Just some thoughts that came to me concerning these quotes:

    “Out of clutter” is a prayer of deliverance from the heavy burden of acquisition, hoarding and unappeased appetite for THINGS.
    To simplify our lives so that we can enjoy what we have and not have to have piles of STUFF seems like a very freeing idea.
    Do you think that clutter is indicative of a cluttered mind?

    “From Discord”: In music discord is regarded as harsh, clashing and dissonance. It is harsh to the ear and the ear seeks harmony and resolution. Modern composers have used dissonance to make their compositions interesting and creative. HOWEVER, if they, at one point or another in the music do not RESOLVE the dissonance the hearer has a difficult time dealing with forty minutes of say, Charles Ives …an excellent composer true, but resolution is sought by the ear of all but the most astute music lovers of modern composition.
    In relationships and interpersonal affairs, true lovers of God seek Harmony between or among those with whom they have communicative issues. Like the ear seeks harmony and resolution in music, so should our souls seek harmony from discord and disagreement among one’s fellows.
    I believe there is a way to disagree and still find resolution.

  2. When I read this quote I thought that if my work is not effective or productive than maybe I should look closely to see if I am following these rules.
    Do I have clutter ( A confused multitude of things 2. Many things in a disorderly state) in my mind, on my desk, where I work and live? Then perhaps I should eliminate, focus and put things in order.
    Is there strife within and w/ others I work with? I Tim 6:4 says that can be a result of being obsessed with arguing. It may be counterproductive to unity and finding solutions.
    And if I have a complaining attitude in the middle of difficult work, I am sure to miss the blessing or reward because I have opened the door for sin.
    Lots to meditate on in this quote.

  3. “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity” Oh for the wisdom and insight to discern the opportunity afforded us when we persevere, travail with patience and grasp the opportunity that emerges in the middle of a trial.

    Sara said one time,…”live in the moment”. If we truly did that in each of our experiences, perhaps we could recognize the lesson that emerges each time we overcome a test or trial.

  4. One character trait I found in James 1:2-4 MG that can emerge from a trial is endurance (some translations say patience or perseverence). “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. ”
    That certainly is making the most of an opportunity.

  5. I have been reading “Spiritual Housecleaning” Kathryn L Robyn and it sure has given me a wake-up call. It is encouraging me to house clean areas of my home that I have neglected both for time and lack of interest. But when I read things like “our external world is a mirror of our internal world” I think I better hop to it. It has energized me and started me on a program of being a little happier while cleaning. I love this quote ‘out of clutter find simplicity.” I believe it as well as the other two steps to work. I am glad we have these reminders to encourage us to keep busy with our lives both our living space and our own spiritual well being.

  6. The book quote you refer to is motivational. I recall one of my successful business managers once told me to keep a clean, washed vehicle because it was an indicator/reflector of who you were. He practiced his own advice and was a successful manager. Good advice to be heeded.

  7. ‘from discord find harmony’ …this always makes me come to the conclusion that we find harmony within when their is discord. We find the peace that has been given to us by the master peace giver, Himself. He is Peace, He gives Peace and we have Peace.

    Philippians 4:7 (amp.)
    And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
    Now as Needles would invite us to do, ‘read with me from The Message and have harmony and peace within today”

    (The Message)
    “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”

    Heavenly Father, search our hearts today for any seeds of disharmony. Remove anything that stands in the way of our love for You. We choose to willingly obey You and receive and eat the best from the land. (Isaiah 1:19) We may have worries in the stockpile of our hearts at the moment but we choose now as Your Word instructs us, pray and not worry. We are shaping our worries into prayers. Our new creative praise is overflowing like a ready pen for fine linen paper.

    Thank You God that our hoard of worries that gave way to disharmony has now been replaced with a stockpile of Peace. Thank You and we will walk in peace, harmony and love this day, in Christ Jesus Name, we pray. Amen

  8. Thank you for this scripture and revelatory prayer that brings the Living Word straight into our hearts to displace the ‘stockpile of worries’ for the ‘stockpile of peace’.

  9. Sara’s message is most encouraging. One phrase, especially stood out to me…”A SENSE OF GOD’S WHOLENESS…everything coming together for good….” We have been writing and speaking about a ‘united heart’ in several places on this site. It’s a WHOLENESS of heart that is GOD and we need and want that unity of heart. Debi and others wrote extensively on the united heart on this blog and so did David in Ps. 86 where he writes, “Teach me Your way, Oh Lord, that I may walk and live in Your truth. UNITE and direct my heart to fear and honor Your Name. I will confess and praise You, Oh Lord my God, with my WHOLE, UNITED heart and I will glorify Your Name, forevermore.”
    Among other glorious attributes of GOD is that ONENESS…Unity of GOD’s HEART; Not separated in HIS being in purpose and motives and intent. GOD’s UNDIVIDED HEART.
    As I meditated on this particular attribute of a united heart I believe Holy Spirit gave me this song.

    UNDIVIDED HEART
    (refrain)
    Lord, I come to You
    And here I stand, My heart in my hand
    Asking You to unite this heart
    That’s divided in two

    And Lord, I ask of You
    Make my heart whole
    Undivide my soul
    That I may be one, like You

    Lord, undivide my heart
    That I may be perfect toward You
    Not torn in two
    Not torn apart
    One way, one day
    And not the next
    (chorus)
    (c) mg

  10. MG your prayerful song reminded me of Psalm 111:1 “I will praise the Lord with my whole heart.”
    When we have an undivided heart we have true praise. I King 11:3-4 tells us that David, the author of this Psalm of Praise had such a perfect heart.

  11. Proverbs has several good excercises for obtaining a healthy, whole heart.
    Keep God’s commandments (Prov. 3:1)
    Write mercy and truth on your heart (Prov. 3;3)
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart (Prov 3:5)
    Apply your heart to uinderstanding (Prov. 2:2)
    Open the heart door to wisdom (Prov. 2:10)

    I am sure others can find many more excercises for a healthy heart.

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