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One's first step in wisdom is to question everything - and one's last is to come to terms with everything.
-- Georg C. Lichtenberg
 

 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Unmatched joy

It is in the living that life gains more and more meaning. It is from the challenges, obstacles, disappointments and persistent efforts that life’s achievements gain their value.

If you wish to enjoy success, don’t seek to shortcut the process. If you wish to be kind, compassionate and helpful to others, don’t enable them to shortcut the process.

Living well is not the same as living easy and carefree. Being truly rich does not come from being irresponsible, nor does it enable you to avoid responsibility.

You can have mountains of money and possessions and still be very poor. Life’s real richness is not about what you have, but rather about how much authentic goodness and fulfillment you express.

You may indeed find superficial pleasure in many things. Yet what gives true joy and fulfillment to your spirit is what you have earned with integrity and responsibility.

It gains you nothing to have everything if you have not put your effort and commitment into it. Step up, take full responsibility for creating real value in your world, and experience the unmatched joy of making a difference.

— Ralph Marston

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