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Be the change you want to see in the world.
-- Mahatma Gandhi
 

 

Monday, May 8, 2006

A better place

Each day is filled with opportunities to make the world a better place. In any situation there are things you can do to make life more positive and fulfilling for everyone.

You may not always receive recognition for doing so, but that doesn’t really matter. Because you, and everyone else, will still benefit from the positive contributions you make to the world.

When you are greeted with rudeness or indifference, give back genuine courtesy, respect and understanding. Though it may seem more natural to be rude in return, that creates no value for anyone.

When someone hurts or disappoints you, find a way to respond with forgiveness, kindness and peacefulness. Though you have experienced pain, take care not to prolong that pain.

Ironically, the best thing you can do for yourself is to move beyond your own selfish impulses and concerns. Seek to make the world a better place for everyone, and in so doing you’ll discover the most effective ways to benefit your own life.

With your thoughts, your actions, your attitude and your spirit, you can make the world a better place, every day, in every situation. Get in the habit of doing just that, and you’ll savor the rich rewards.

— Ralph Marston

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