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Never esteem anything as of advantage to thee that shall make thee break thy word or lose thy self-respect.
-- Marcus Aurelius


Monday, September 17, 2012

Truly joyful

Life can be discouraging, but you don’t have to be discouraged. Even when there is no reason for joy, you can be truly joyful.

Discouragement is possible only because you know things can be better. So instead of focusing on the discouraging aspects of the situation, focus on what you can do to improve it.

You can always choose to be more positive than your circumstances. Feel the love you have for life’s goodness, and see the possibilities for expressing that goodness in new and meaningful ways.

If you’re troubled by the world around you, the most powerful thing you can do is to change yourself. Instead of buying into the world’s troubles, give the world your own authentic joy.

Yes, life is difficult and yes, you can experience immense joy and fulfillment anyway. Let go of your self-pity and connect with your positive power.

Make the choice to live according not to your darkest fears, but to your highest, brightest expectations. Make the choice, no matter what, to live with the joy that is always yours to give.

— Ralph Marston

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