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It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?
-- Henry David Thoreau


Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Adapt to what is

One of the most reliable ways to be miserable is to insist that everything around you always be a certain specific way. And one of the most reliable ways to make life continually enjoyable is to be flexible and willing to adapt to whatever comes along.

Real success is not a matter of being in absolute command of the world around you. The success that truly matters comes from being at peace with the world in which you live.

Being persistent will enable you to achieve great things. Yet being merely stubborn will keep you mired in perpetual disappointment.

By all means, set ambitious goals and reach for them. But don’t trivialize the process by demanding or expecting that every little detail will go your way.

The more flexible you are about the stuff that doesn’t really matter, the more able you’ll be to accomplish the things that are important. The more willing you are to adapt, the more truly enjoyable and fulfilling life will be.

Adapt to what is. And you’ll experience the very best of what can be.

— Ralph Marston

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