There is only one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.
-- Aristotle



Thursday, January 16, 2003

Just thoughts

Frustration is nothing more than a thought, yet it can turn a beautiful day into a miserable experience when you continue to hold it in your mind. Worry is nothing more than a thought, and even so it can hold you captive as surely as a cage made of steel bars.

Confidence and determination are just thoughts, too, and when you continue to think them you can achieve incredible things. Happiness is a thought as well, one that can bring magnificent beauty and fulfillment during those times you choose to hold it in your mind.

The next time you are frustrated, worried, angry or annoyed, remember that it’s because you have decided to be so. You can just as easily decide to be confident, positively determined, patient, understanding, peaceful and even happy.

If it sounds foolish and unrealistic to think peaceful thoughts of confidence when you’re surrounded by turmoil and disorder, ask yourself this question. Would it be better to join in that turmoil with your thoughts, or to rise powerfully and positively above it?

Your actions, your results, and the course of your life are directed by your thoughts. And your thoughts are ultimately determined by who you truly choose to be.

— Ralph Marston


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