Old age is fifteen years older than I am.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

 

Friday, July 5, 2002

Your response

You cannot stop the sun from rising or even hold it back for a fraction of a second. Yet you can control where you’ll be and what you’ll be doing at the instant that it makes its appearance. Often you have no control over the many things that come your way. Yet you always have control over what you do about them.

Today, things will happen that you did not plan for, that you did not cause, that you did not anticipate. You can fight against them, building up a wall of resentment and frustration that will stop you cold, or you can adjust to them and continue on your way.

Long ago you learned to adjust to the time of the sunrise each day, to the movement of this massive planet as it spins through space. Certainly you have the ability to deal with all the other things outside your control, both great and small, which will come your way.

For everything that can bring you down, there’s a positive response that will lift you up above it. The challenge of successful living is to find that empowering response. And steadily follow it toward where you want to be.

— Ralph Marston

 
 

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