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The most decisive actions of our life ... are most often unconsidered actions.
-- Andre Gide


Saturday, March 26, 2005

Go one better

What’s a great way to get beyond a bad experience? Create a good experience of equal or greater significance.

When something bad happens to you, it can continue to take its toll even long after the original damage is done. In the absence of anything else to focus on, you’re likely to continue to dwell on it and allow it to put a negative spin on everything in your life.

And what happens when you try not to think about it? The very effort involved in trying not to think about the bad experience will probably make you think about it even more.

There is, however, a very effective way out. And that is to create a new experience so overwhelmingly positive and memorable that it takes over the primary focus of your thoughts.

Put your imagination and creativity to work. Think of how you can be especially good to yourself, to those around you, and to the world in which you live.

Respond quickly to the negative experiences by creating even greater positive experiences. It’s a habit that will add extraordinary richness and serenity to life.

— Ralph Marston

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