Still the echo

“Still the echo, so that you don’t allow an event, however unpleasant or momentous, to claim any more time than it took for it to occur.

Because what your foes do derives its significance or consequence from the way you react. Therefore, rush through or past them as though they were yellow and not red lights.

Don’t linger on them mentally or verbally; don’t pride yourself on forgiving or forgetting them, do the forgetting first. This way you’ll spare your brain cells a lot of useless agitation.

Now, this solution is not likely to please angels, but it’s bound to hurt demons, and for the moment that’s all that really matters.”

– Joseph Brodsky

I just came across this quote, that I wrote down a couple of years ago. I think it’s very powerful. Especially the first phrase: “Still the echo”, because when you come to think of it, a lot of our sorrows and worries are not about current events, they are the echo of past events. And those events are only still significant now, because we let them be. Leave them, says Brodsky, stop struggling with them and move on. Still the echo.