This quote is the first time I’ve gone back to an author a second time. I found this quote along with the first Sappho quote I used, but was waiting for a good time to use it. I’ve found this admonition useful this week because I’ve been more restless, irritable, and discontented than usual lately. Nothing particularly bad or grinding; however, I’ve not been “quite right.”
I have to be particularly careful with my words when I’m feeling this way. There are plenty of justifiable reasons for my feelings, and that sense of justification makes my reactions even more unpredictable.
If I’m not mindful of this precarious mental and spiritual state, I become prone to reacting poorly to usually innocuous stimuli. The worst part is that I can justify such inappropriate reactions to myself quite easily — I’m not well, the dog’s run away, the Red Sox lost, etc.