Humans fear darkness because within it lurks the unknown. The future closely resembles darkness. We are always rolling blindly forward into it without knowing what could become of us further down the trail.

Setting a full schedule shines a small, but bright light on what’s immediately in front of you like a flashlight to guide you in the night. While goals are important, they are quite dim in comparison, diffused weakly across the years ahead. A full schedule instead offers a vision of tomorrow lit up in perfect clarity — just enough to walk warily into the darkness.

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I used to think that pigeons were the most foolish of birds. I looked down on them for squandering their awesome power of flight. I could not understand why they would create homes in the dingiest dirtiest metropolitan corners of the world stacked on top of each other in squalor and constant competition for fodder, when all the while they could flock to the mountains or the forests or the prairies like the wiser birds of their class.

But then I realized that I, as a miserable city-dweller with my own means of travel, am more similar to the foolish pigeon than any of those other nobler birds. We’ve made the same stubborn choice.

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JDB

JDB

If ever I say “you,” I am really just addressing myself.