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A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
-- Ernest Hemingway


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Choose a positive response

No matter what happens, you can respond in whatever way you choose. So make your response the most positive one for every person it affects.

There’s nothing to be gained by adding more negativity on top of negativity. You have the opportunity to break the pattern.

Instead of responding to anger with more anger, challenge yourself to respond with understanding and compassion. When you’re tempted to respond with frustration, make the more positive choice to respond with patience.

For your world to be a more positive place, you must take responsibility for putting more positive energy into it. Though a positive response may be the more difficult one, it is also the more valuable choice in the long run.

Rather than choosing a response based on what has happened, choose your response based on the direction you wish to go. Even when life has let you down, your best choice is a positive response that creates a more positive future.

Each response to life is an opportunity to make progress. Choose a positive response, again and again, and create a much more positive world.

— Ralph Marston

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