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Saturday, February 1, 2003

What matters most

Before you put a lot of time and energy into being frustrated or annoyed, worried or angry about something, ask yourself this. Five years from now, will it make any difference one way or the other?

Rather than making a minor inconvenience into a major issue, take a moment to put it into perspective. If it won’t matter a few days or weeks from now, is it really worth getting upset about? If you focus on the petty, insignificant things, that takes your time and energy away from what is truly important. Life is too precious to waste even a few moments, for in each of those moments there is priceless opportunity.

Imagine what you could do today that would indeed make a positive difference five, ten or twenty years from now. Think of how you can spend the moments you have right now, so you’ll always look back on them with satisfaction, thankful for the choices you made.

Live this day like the special time that it is. Keep reminding yourself to focus on what matters most, letting everything else flow quietly on by. In so doing, you’ll be creating value that will stay with you always.

— Ralph Marston

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