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All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.
-- Epictetus
 

 

Thursday, February 14, 2002

Listen to your heart

Those things you most desire in life are always surrounding you, close at hand. They are there, ready for you to reach out and touch them, ready for you to joyfully live them. But you cannot touch them with your hands alone, nor with your mind alone. You must also reach for them with your heart.

Listen to your heart and pay heed to what it has to tell you. You know what it feels like to do what is right, and you know the feeling of doing what is wrong. Choose to do what is right. Your heart knows that what is right is best for you.

You are most effective when you work toward the values that are truly important to you. You won’t get very far by working against them. Your thoughts and actions matter very much, and yet they are driven by something even deeper. Every thought, every action is undertaken by the person you truly are.

You are smart and capable, flexible and intelligent. Yet you are not just a machine. You are a person who can love and feel and hope and know joy. Keep your efforts in harmony with what you feel in your heart, and the results will be truly magnificent.

— Ralph Marston

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