The essence of zen and eating problems for breakfast

For a few years, my desktop wallpaper was one of these two quotes –

“Doing one thing at a time is how one Zen master described the essence of zen.”

“Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.”

They are no longer my wallpapers. But seeing them every day for long periods of time ingrained these ideas in my head.

And it occurred to me today that my growth and happiness over the years have been directly proportional to the percentage of time I put these ideas in action.