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One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interest.
-- John Stewart Mill
 

 

Saturday, August 3, 2002

What you cannot lose

When there are risks and challenges in every direction, where do you get the courage to move forward? That courage depends largely on the things you value most in your life.

When you place the most value on fleeting, shallow superficial things, you’re constantly at risk of losing it all. Those things can quickly disappear. Money and material possessions are indeed very useful, and can bring a certain richness to life. Yet if you allow the value of your life to be defined by them, you’re building on shaky ground.

On the other hand, if you value most those things you cannot lose, you’ll have the courage necessary to assume the risks and to take on the difficult challenges. Your faith, your sincere love for others, your integrity, your purpose, your desire to make a difference, all have the power to survive whatever difficulties you may face.

Whatever happens, there are some things that can never be taken from you, some things you cannot lose. When those things matter most to you, it can give you the confidence to attempt just about anything.

— Ralph Marston

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