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Whatever advice you give, be brief.
-- Horace


Thursday, July 28, 2005

Complete control

If you had complete control over life, there would never be any unpleasant surprises. But there would never be any pleasant surprises either.

If you had complete control over life, things would always go your way. But you would never have the need to innovate, to adjust to unexpected, changing conditions, and to learn new ways of doing things.

If you had complete control over life, you would be responsible for deciding the nature of every moment, and the actions of every person. But just imagine how tedious and unfulfilling that would quickly become.

If you had complete control over life, your every desire would be granted the moment you thought of it. But it would thus be impossible for you to have anything to look forward to.

Thankfully, though there are many important things you can control, much of life is beyond your control. And it is that fact that is largely responsible for the richness and fulfillment you’re able to experience.

Life does not always go your way. And in that truth is a world of magnificent possibilities.

— Ralph Marston

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