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Some people change their ways when they see the light; others when they feel the heat.
-- Caroline Schoeder
 

 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Truly win

Even when you’re surrounded by dishonesty and indolence, live with honesty and a commitment to excellence. Just because others choose to push themselves down, doesn’t mean you must follow along.

When you encounter rudeness, there’s nothing to be gained by being rude in return. Though no one else may notice or appreciate your polite, respectful response, you will notice, and that’s of great value.

It’s easy to get drawn into useless conflicts about trivial matters. Yet you can always choose a more positive, empowering path.

It’s easy to take offense and then seek to give it back in equal measure. However, you have much better things to do with your time and energy.

Keep yourself committed to truth, excellence and sincerity, no matter what others may do. Live life not by negative provocation, but rather by positive intention.

When you get drawn into a fight, even if you win that fight you’re likely to lose your best options. Instead, find a way to rise above the conflict before it begins, for that is how you truly win.

— Ralph Marston

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