I just came across the most marvelous statement by Abraham Lincoln:
If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six sharpening my ax.It reminded me of the story about Archbishop Michael Ramsey who was asked by a reporter how much time he devoted to prayer every day.
"One minute," replied His Grace. Then, in response to the reporter's shocked look, he added, "But I spend fifty-nine minutes preparing to pray."
I've always loved that story. It points out the importance of meditation - of settling and quieting the mind.