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I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
-- Henry David Thoreau
 

 

Saturday, August 20, 2005

A matter of choice

Immaturity is thinking that you have all the answers. Wisdom is knowing that you don’t.

Weakness is wanting to control everything around you. Strength is gracefully accepting and valuing what is.

Insecurity is the constant, gnawing desire to have more and more. Confidence is knowing that you already are enough.

Failure is thinking that you can advance yourself by pushing others down. Success is understanding that the more you lift others up, the more you’ll be lifted yourself.

Despair is committing yourself to shallow, superficial things that too soon will wither and die. Joy is filling your world and your life with the things that truly matter.

Every moment, you are fully capable of living with wisdom, strength, confidence, success and joy. It’s not a matter of chance, but always a matter of choice.

And you can make the choices now that will surely take you there.

— Ralph Marston

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