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Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
-- Henry David Thoreau
 

 

Friday, April 13, 2001

Triumph from tragedy

When you experience misfortune, or when another person wrongs you, or when you find yourself in difficult circumstances, you can choose to be a victim. You can choose to solicit sympathy and to feel sorry for yourself. You can choose to take comfort in the knowledge that someone else is responsible for your troubles.

Or you can choose to pick yourself up and move yourself forward. You can refuse to allow yourself to be a victim. Others may hurt you. Circumstances may work against you. Tragedy may come your way. Yet none of this means you must consent to be a victim.

Choose to make triumph rise from tragedy. Choose to make every defeat a temporary one on the way to ultimate victory. Rather than being skilled at complaining and collecting excuses, become skilled at adapting and turning even the most difficult circumstances in your favor. Every opportunity to be a victim is also an opportunity to move ahead. The path you choose is up to you.

— Ralph Marston

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