Eureka! Found the Quote
I found the quote I was looking for, and then some. The quote is from Ursula K. LeGuin. “As a man’s real power grows, and his knowledge widens, ever the way he can follow grows narrower, until at last he chooses nothing, but does only and wholly what he must do.” I found the quote on page 183 of Maria Nemeth’s Mastering Life’s Energies.
I also found another quote from Buddhist author Rita Gross in the Fall 2013 issue of Buddhadharma: “In the larger scheme of things, there’s a level of choicelessness about doing what needs to be done for the greater good that’s more important than anything else. That level of choicelessness is the basis from which I approach whatever arises in the present. I really don’t think about calculating karma in a self-interested way.” (p. 44)
This is the kind of mindset I want to develop: doing what needs to be done without over-analysis, repulsion, or attraction. It embodies a level of maturity that is rare.
I believe I found the quotes the same way I find everything. I know something is out there. I look to no immediate avail. I move on to something else, always keeping the question in the back of my mind. Then I find what I am seeking everywhere. It’s sort of like buying a new car. Suddenly you see your make and model everywhere.
The hard part is the moving on, letting go, not getting stuck. It’s easy for me to get stuck. “If I just try harder…” I tell myself. Ugh.