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It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows.
-- Epictetus
 

 

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Thoughtful response

When you can find a way to do it calmly, you’ll do it with more strength and effectiveness. Becoming tense, agitated, frantic and angry will indeed get you a lot of attention, but it probably won’t get much accomplished.

The most profound and enduring strength is found and expressed in calmness. What is done in a state of high anxiety can be done much more powerfully in a state of calm determination.

When you feel like lashing out, stop and consider this. Do you want to make the situation worse with a frantic reaction, or would you prefer to make positive progress with a thoughtful response?

Your options will greatly multiply when you take the time to think them through. Your effectiveness will greatly increase when you address the situation with a powerful, purposeful, positive plan.

The passion of the moment may feel strong, yet if you depend on passion alone it will quickly burn out. Instead, redirect that passion into a calm, positive, thoughtful response, and its energy will continue much longer, accomplishing much more.

The more calmly you express yourself, the more powerful and effective that expression will be. Be peaceful and you will be strong.

— Ralph Marston

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