But, look, it is good to have a dream so long as you do not let it gnaw at the substance of your present. I have seen men consumed by their dreams, and it is a sour business. If you cling too tightly to a dream—a poodle bitch or a personal sausage chef or whatever—then you miss the felicity of your heart beating and the smell of the grass growing and the sounds lizards make when you run through the neighborhood with our friend. Your dream should be like a favorite old bone that you savor and cherish and chew upon gently. Then, rather than stealing from you a wasted sigh or the life of an idle hour, it nourishes you, and you become strangely contented by nostalgia for a possible future, so juicy with possibility and redolent of sautéed garlic and decadent slabs of bacon that you feel full when you’ve eaten nothing. And then, one fine day when the sun smiles upon your snout, then the time is right, you bite down hard. The dream is yours. And then you
chew on the next one.
– Kevin Hearne, Hammered
One of the most difficult things in the world for me is to feel content in the present, yet striving for something new and better in the future. This balance between staying in the present, planning for the future and learning from the past is much more important than the work-life balance most people are so worried about.
(I think I should add that the above quote is by Oberon, who is a dog and an amazingly fun character in Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid series.)