Japanese print of many little boats being tossed around by one big wave 

“The more we run away from temptations, the more they weigh us down and the less we are able to drive them away. 

Suppose a man for some reason dives into the sea: if he knows the art of swimming, what does he does when a great wave comes along?  He ducks under it until it goes past and then he goes on swimming unharmed.  But if he is determined to set himself against it, it pushes him away and hurls him back a great distance and when again he begins to swim forward another wave comes upon him, and if again he tries to swim againt is, again it forces him back, and he only tires himself out and makes no headway.  But if he ducks his head and lowers himself under the wave, as I said, no harm comes to him and he continues to swim as long as he likes.

Those who go on doing their work this way when they are in trouble, putting up with their temptations with patience and humility, come through unharmed.  But if they get distressed and downcast, seeking the reasons for everything, tormenting themselves and being annoyed with themselves instead of helping themselves, they do themselves harm.”

Dorotheos of Gaza, Discourses and Sayings.  Dorotheos was born in Antioch, Syria, in 506 or 508AD.

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