Chop wood. Carry water.

Over 1,000 years ago, Layman Pang noted:

“What I do every day is nothing special: I simply stumble around. What I do is not thought out, where I go is unplanned. No matter who tries to leave their mark, the hills and dales are not impressed. Collecting firewood and carrying water. Are prayers that reach the gods.”

Often translated and simplified to: Chop wood. Carry water.

No narrative. No drama. Just simply do the work. Perfecting the practice.

Chop wood. Carry water. Repeat.

Carry on.

HT The Practice