“Attachment is the classic Western way – striving for fulfillment through material success, achievement, victory. Detachment is the Eastern way – renouncing material goals, taking the inward path to peace. But even as Western seekers turn to the East and Eastern seekers look to the West, the wisest course embraces the best of both these worlds, recognizing that we can control efforts but not outcomes. Whether we seek outward success or inward illumination, we can do our best, without attachment to results. As the Arabic proverb says, “Trust in God but tie your camel” – surrender to the will of god even as you live on purpose.”
Dan Millman, in “Living on Purpose”
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