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Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.
-- Margaret Cousins
 

 

Thursday, June 29, 2000

Calm and effective

When you are at your busiest, when you are overwhelmed with things to do, when the pace is getting more frenzied by the moment, that is when an attitude of calm relaxation can do you the most good. Stepping back and calming down will actually move you ahead more effectively than nervous, anxious energy.

Though the deadlines loom large in your mind, they will come and go no matter what you do. Do your very best, do it quickly and efficiently, but don’t get in such a rush that you waste most of your energy fighting against yourself. Produce results rather than just activity. Instead of just being busy, be effective. Spend your energy on achievement rather than on nervousness.

Right now, take a long, deep breath and know that you’re making a difference. Let go of the anxiety. Experience the joy of being focused on positive pursuits. Stay calm, stay focused, and be your most effective.

— Ralph Marston

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