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Good nature will always supply the absence of beauty; but beauty cannot supply the absence of good nature.
-- Joseph Addison
 

 

Wednesday, June 6, 2001

Buried or lifted?

If you find yourself at the bottom of a deep hole in the ground, and somebody starts shoveling dirt into the hole, what are you going to do?

Are you going to give up and resign yourself to being buried, or are you going to step up on top of each fresh mound of dirt until you’re finally able to step out of the hole? It all depends on whether you look at the dirt as something that will bury you or as something that can lift you higher.

In short, it’s a matter of attitude and perspective. Every day, problems, frustrations, challenges and uncertainty are heaped upon you. They can bury you if you let them. Or, they can lift you if you’ll step up to them.

Which will it be? Don’t stand still and let yourself get buried when, with a bit of effort, you can use the very same situation to lift yourself up.

— Ralph Marston

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