"The knife is each of us. The outside world, with its demands and expectations, is the whetting stone, the grinding wheel. The only way we can keep our edge is to submit to the friction of the stone. This takes a certain courage, because the stone is huge and its grinding is relentless; it also take a certain humility, and understanding that the wheel will keep on turning long after our own little substance has been all used up. To get the greatest benefit, the keenest edge, from the collision of knife and wheel, a certain mix of passive and active is called for. We have to surrender ourselves to the friction of the wheel; but we also have to hold our ground, mindfully position ourselves at the proper angle and with the proper firmness, so that the steel rings, sparks fly - sparks creativity and passion and commitment - and we come away improved and refreshed."
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