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Every man without passion has within him no principle of action, nor motive of act.
-- Claude Adrien Helvetius
 

 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Much more fortunate

Some of the best things in your life are so familiar you don’t even notice them. For example, you could not live for more than a few minutes without the air you breathe, but how often do you ever even think about it?

Did you see the moon last night? If the moon were only visible one night a year, it would surely be a treasured and celebrated event that no one would miss.

Think of all the beautiful, useful, valuable parts of your life you take for granted just because you can, simply because they are so thoroughly present. Consider how devastated you would be to lose just one of them.

Just because you can rely on so much goodness in your life, is no reason to forget about it. In fact, the more you treasure and appreciate your blessings, the more valuable and useful they become.

The more gratitude you feel, the more positive and effective you’ll be in everything you do. Gratitude helps you avoid being sidetracked by the relatively minor disappointments and inconveniences that are sure to come along.

You are much more fortunate than you usually realize. The more you do realize it, the greater your good fortune grows.

— Ralph Marston

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