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There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
-- Edith Wharton
 

 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Making sense of it all

All the goings on in the world around you are important. The thoughts, feelings, passions and values within you are just as important, even more so in fact.

Waves of new information wash over your awareness on a constant basis. Don’t let all that data crowd out your sense of who you are, of what you care about, and of what you intend.

By all means, pay attention to what’s going on in the outer world, and respond appropriately. Pay at least as much attention to the abiding values that form the essence of who you are.

Life is more than a mere stream of disjoined events and experiences. Life is the ability to fashion enduring meaning out of it all.

You can pay attention to what’s going on without being consumed by it. You can live your life according to the direction you’ve set, instead of being tossed around by every new development.

The way to make sense of it all, the way to find value and fulfillment in it all, is to see it all from a solid, stable perspective. Keep yourself grounded in the truth of who you always are, and you can make the most of whatever new things come along.

— Ralph Marston

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