"Learn to limit yourself, to content yourself with some definite thing, and some definite work; dare to be what you are, and to learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not and to believe in your own individuality."
1821 - 1881
Sometimes the world we live in can be overwhelming. There are too many choices. Which direction should we take. If I do this, then I will miss out on that. Have you ever felt that way? Paralyzed by too many choices? I have. After graduating from college, I didn't know which way to go. I was afraid to choose because I might miss something, so I did nothing. When we come to a fork in the road, we have to make a choice. And when we take that path, we need to follow it to the next fork. And again, we must make a decision. But no one decision will destroy us. I firmly believe that each path we choose ultimately leads us to where we are supposed to go. In the end we become who we are supposed to be.
Amiel is also talking about strengths and weaknesses. People tend to focus their attention on their weaknesses and try to improve them. I believe we should focus on improving our strengths. We need to accept our weaknesses and learn to navigate around them. Be the person you were meant to be. Accept your individuality and your originality.