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The willingness to sacrifice is the prelude to freedom.
-- Pesach Seder
 

 

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Expand your perspective

When you focus only on yourself, you severely limit your options. When your thoughts are centered only on you, those thoughts cut you off from a whole world of possibilities.

It’s all too easy to become frustrated, disillusioned, angry and bitter when your own perspective is the only one you consider. Your own narrow concerns can seem painfully overwhelming if you give all your attention and energy to them.

The way out of such pain and frustration is to expand your perspective beyond yourself. Genuinely take other people into consideration, and your positive possibilities multiply dramatically.

Pay attention to the concerns of others, and you’ll gain valuable insights that otherwise would not be available to you. Think, act and live beyond yourself, and all sorts of new, positive possibilities arise.

When the concerns of your own ego fall away, an enormous amount of energy is set free. When you are no longer restricted to your own narrow perspective, a whole new set of magnificent opportunities will open up to you.

Seek to make a difference not merely for yourself but for all of life. And many of the limitations that once hounded you will suddenly be gone.

— Ralph Marston

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