When young Arthur is sad that his best friend is being knighted and is no longer much interested in him:
“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That is the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honor trampled in the sewers of lesser minds. There is only one thing for it then–to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, never dream of regretting. Learning is the thing for you.” (Once and Future King by T.H.White, p. 183)
This resonated so deeply with me. To figure out why the world wags and what wags it is one of my biggest motivators; it’s why I write this blog where I publish fewer posts than I have readers. But it helps me keep track of my thoughts, and I like that.
What motivates you? What drives you? Please someone say “love.” It’s a biggie. I chose not to explore that line here in this post, but it’s enormous.