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Sir William Osler’s ‘way of life’

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A ship is divided into watertight compartments, which can be opened or closed to keep the ship afloat if one part suffers damage. Sir William Osler, the famous Canadian physician, used that principle to form an effective action philosophy:
  • Divide your life into “day-tight compartments,” and try not to worry about what you might have left undone yesterday or what you have to do tomorrow.

  • When your day’s work is done, don’t try to get a jump on tomorrow’s by working late or hard to get ahead. Say that your work is done for the day, relax, and enjoy pursuits that bring you personal satisfaction.
—Adapted from Osler’s “A Way of Life” and Other Addresses, with Commentary and Annotations, Sir William Osler, Duke University Press.

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