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Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.
-- Pearl S. Buck
 

 

Friday, July 11, 2003

Those who

Those who tell you only what you want to hear do so for their own benefit, not yours. Those who always agree with everything you say cannot provide you with anything of real value. Those who challenge you, whether they intend to help you or not, do indeed help you to grow stronger. Those who respect you enough to give you their true opinion, provide valuable feedback.

Those who give you everything you want without asking anything in return, can end up making you powerless and overly dependent. Those who insist that you earn your keep are doing you a tremendous favor. Those who let you get away with lying or cheating will push you steadily toward despair. Those who hold you accountable for all you do will help you to build true and lasting self esteem.

Those who truly care about you are not always the easiest or most comfortable to be around. For they will consistently hold you to the very highest standards. Yet they are the best kind of people to be around. Because they will indeed help you to attain those high and valuable standards.

— Ralph Marston

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