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Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I accomplish.
-- Michelangelo
 

 

Monday, June 5, 2000

Perspective

Look up at the stars on a clear night. You are not looking at some illusion. They are really there. The vast magnificence of the universe is not “out there,” it is real and it is here. You are right in the middle of it.

Though your problems of the moment may seem overwhelming, stop and ask yourself, “Compared to what?” Consider that the sun will rise tomorrow. The seasons will continue to change. The light from distant stars will continue to stream across the vast reaches of space, to sparkle before your eyes.

Are your challenges really insurmountable? If they seem to be, then enlarge your perspective. You have plenty of room to do that. You have an entire universe against which to consider those challenges. Back off far enough, and they will appear very tiny. Look at a big enough picture, and you’ll find the courage, energy and inspiration to move on through those seemingly overwhelming problems.

— Ralph Marston

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