Francis De Sales on Multitasking

I have recently been very busy and doing too many things at one time (Multi-tasking) and I read a quote from Francis De Sales which struck me as apt:

“Accept the duties which come upon you quietly, and try to fulfill them methodically.”

So I went and found some more quotations from him also. The quotes taken together seem to me to be as being in the same mould as Desiderata – the famous exhortation written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920’s -

In being ourselves

Be who you are and be that well.
Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections.
Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.
Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself.

Work life and busyness

Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset. Accept the duties which come upon you quietly, and try to fulfill them methodically. True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice. When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time. While I am busy with little things, I am not required to do greater things.

Friendships begun in this world will be taken up again, never to be broken off.
A quarrel between friends, when made up, adds a new tie to friendship.
Make friends with the angels, who though invisible are always with you. Often invoke them, constantly praise them, and make good use of their help and assistance in all your temporal and spiritual affairs.

Anger issues
Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.
There was never an angry man that thought his anger unjust.
Those who love to be feared, fear to be loved, and they themselves are more afraid than anyone, for whereas other men fear only them, they fear everyone.

Francis De Sales Quotes


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