In whatever work that you do, you should say to yourself at every moment: “If God looks at me, what does [God] see?” Then see how you answer yourself. If you condemn yourself, leave immediately. Stop the work that you were doing and take up something else in order to be sure to reach your destination. For it is necessary that the traveler be always ready to continue on the journey.
– Sayings of the Desert Fathers and Mothers
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Quoted in Essential Monastic Wisdom: Writings on the Contemplative Life by Hugh Feiss.