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Joy is the best makeup.
-- Anne Lamott
 

 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Diversity of opinions

Someone who criticizes you is probably doing so as a way to explore his own weaknesses. Someone who praises you is likely praising something in herself that she recognizes in you.

Just because another person disagrees with you, doesn’t mean that person hates you. It means you are fortunate to live in a world where a diversity of opinions can coexist.

Pay attention to the opinions of others, but don’t let them consume you or knock you off track. Choose your actions not to impress or to please, but to create the value you’ve chosen to create, and to express the perspective you wish to express.

You can learn much from what others say about you. But you’ll go crazy if you try to take every suggestion and answer every objection.

Be understanding and considerate while also being your own person. Be aware and involved in the outer world while also being driven by your own unique, internal dreams and values.

Be thankful, not offended, that other people in this world are not exactly like you. And allow your own perspective to be made richer by all the different people you encounter.

— Ralph Marston

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