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Solitude and silence teach me to love my brothers for what they are, not for what they say.
-- Thomas Merton
 

 

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Deliver yourself

You will succeed not because you’re allowed to, but because you decide to. You will prosper not because of the hand you’ve been dealt, but because of what you do with it.

You can allow yourself to be held back by what is, or you can choose to create what can be. Whatever comes your way is insignificant when compared to what you make of it.

Though others may have impressive wealth and other advantages going for them, remember this. You have you going for you.

You have a solid, authentic purpose, and the determination to fulfill that purpose. You have a unique perspective, and the ability to leverage that perspective into real, lasting value.

That’s more than enough to take you wherever you choose to go, no matter what your starting point may be. Whether circumstances favor you or not, your commitment and your actions can always be working in your favor.

Don’t waste your time obsessing over what’s unfair or unfortunate about your situation. Put all your energy into what you can do, into the positive steps you can take, and deliver yourself to wherever you wish to be.

— Ralph Marston

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