Those who are foolish and confused
betray themselves to heedlessness.
The wise treasure the awareness they have cultivated
as their most precious possession.
Dhammapada v. 26
We could plant good quality seeds, but if we didn’t water them or protect them from encroaching weeds, it is unlikely they would amount to anything worthwhile. We might invest in a high-end computer and install the best software, but if we don’t develop the skills required to operate that software, our investment will be wasted. The outcome of our efforts is determined by the quality of our ongoing cultivation. Having an insight now and then, or going on a retreat once in a while, do indeed have their place. We optimise on such wholesomeness by maintaining effort that is modest, gentle and constant.