Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
What discord we
should bring into the universe
if our prayers were all answered. Then
we should govern the world, and not God.
And do you think we should govern it better?
It gives me only pain when I hear the long, wearisome
petitions of people asking for they know not what…
Thanks-giving with a full heart! And the rest silence
and submission to the divine will!
Submission does not mean being weak or passive.
It leads to neither fatalism nor capitulation.
Just the opposite. True power resides
in submission – a power that
comes from within.
Those who submit
to the divine essence of life
will live in unperturbed tranquility and peace;
even when the whole wide world goes through turbulence after turbulence.