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Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.
-- Washington Irving
 

 

Tuesday, December 4, 2001

The way you feel

Have you ever wondered why some things fill you with joy and other things don’t? What are feelings anyway?

The things you feel are connected to an important, essential part of you. No, you cannot live by feelings alone. You’re also able to reason and that ability will take you a long way. Pay attention to those feelings, though. Listen to what they have to say. They’re not meant to control you. They’re there to guide you toward the best that you can be.

When you’re feeling anger or frustration or fear, there’s something wrong somewhere that needs to be addressed. When you’re feeling joy and exhilaration, you’re headed toward something great.

Temper your feelings with your thoughts, and expand your thoughts with your feelings. The two work best when they work side by side. In your thoughts is the wisdom of your mind. In your feelings you’ll find the wisdom of your heart. Pay heed to both, and move steadily toward your own special greatness.

— Ralph Marston

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