from harold kushner's book "when all you've ever wanted isn't enough"
a rabbi once asked a prominent member of his congregation "whenever i see you, you're always in a hurry. tell me, where are you running all the time?"
the man answered "i'm running after the reward for all my hard work."
the rabbi responded "that's good if you assume that all those blessings are somewhere ahead of you, trying to elude you and if you run fast enough, you may catch up with them. but isn't it possible that those blessings are behind you, that they are looking for you and the more you run, the harder you make it for them to find you?