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If we could learn to like ourselves, even a little, maybe our cruelties and angers might melt away.
-- John Steinbeck
 

 

Saturday, November 10, 2007

The newness of life

In order to learn something new you must first accept that you do not know it. To fully understand another person, you must let go of your desire to make blind assumptions and judgments about that person.

Turn down the volume and intensity of your own chattering thoughts, and you can hear the music of life. Stop expecting to see what you’ve always seen before, and new and wondrous beauty will appear in front of your eyes.

When you continue to perform a task the exact same way you’ve always done it, your effectiveness cannot improve very much. Be open to new ideas and techniques, and you can vastly accelerate your performance.

If you cynically think you’ve experienced it all, you’ll close yourself off from much of life’s richness. If you consider yourself smarter than everyone else, you’ll be supporting and advancing your own growing ignorance.

Open your mind and your heart to the newness of life that comes with each moment. There is always more to learn, more to experience, more to appreciate and enjoy, no matter how much you’ve already done.

With each dawning day, a whole new world of possibilities is born. Allow yourself to know and acknowledge their newness, and bring the best of those possibilities to life.

— Ralph Marston

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