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Man can be defeated but not destroyed.
-- Ernest Hemingway
 

 

Saturday, January 8, 2000

Positive reality

When troubles come along, being positive about them will not suddenly and magically change them. But the important thing is, being positive will change you. It will give you the ability, the strength and the positive energy to deal with whatever situation you may be facing.

Positive thinking does not achieve anything by itself. Instead, it enables you to achieve the things you decide to achieve. There are alternatives to thinking positively. You can be angry, resentful, or depressed. You can put an enormous amount of energy into feeling sorry for yourself. And what will these things get you? They won’t get you anything useful at all, and they could easily make the situation worse.

When you find yourself in a hole, the first step is to stop digging! When things are bad, don’t make them worse by adopting a negative attitude. Look for the positive. It is most certainly there. See it. Follow it.

Being positive doesn’t take any physical effort, yet it will lead you to take positive action. And that can make all the difference in the world.

— Ralph Marston

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