This morning I sit and reflect: What are my daily, if not momentary, priorities? What is my mind focusing on: the world or my soul? Am I working to achieve things in this world or am I working to strengthen my faith like that of the paralytic? Am I standing paralyzed outside the house or am I trying to do everything I can to remove the roof to get to Christ?
People are always in a hurry, rushing from one place to another. They have to be here, the next hour they have to be there, and the hour after that they will have to be someplace else. To remind themselves of their many obligations, they have to write them down. With all this running around, it is a good thing they still remember their names! They do not even recognize themselves! No wonder! It is so difficult to see yourself mirrored in murky waters. May God forgive me, but the world has become a huge madhouse! No one thinks of the next life anymore. All they want is more and more material goods. This is why they cannot find peace and run around constantly.
– St. Paisios of Mount Athos