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A man who trims himself to suit everybody will soon whittle himself away.
-- Charles Schwab
 

 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Not too seriously

Don’t take yourself too seriously. Be responsible, reliable, dependable and level-headed, but don’t get all bent out of shape when you stumble, or when the world knocks you around.

It’s foolish to ignore the problems and hope they’ll go away. Yet it can also be powerful to laugh at your troubles and to know that you’ll eventually get yourself far beyond them.

Be ambitious, focused and diligent, but don’t beat yourself up when you occasionally wander off track. When it happens, just see what’s there to see, have some new experiences, gain some new wisdom, and calmly move yourself back in your intended direction.

Do less complaining and judging. Do more laughing and sharing.

Plan well, and work your plan, but don’t act like it’s the end of the world if things occasionally don’t go according to the plan. Make some adjustments, remember to smile, and you’ll be just fine.

Much of life is indeed serious business, but being uptight about it doesn’t add any value. Loosen up, enjoy the moment you’re in, and you’ll be better able to deal with whatever comes your way.

— Ralph Marston

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