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Compassion is a foundation for sharing our aliveness and building a more humane world.
-- Martin Lowenthal
 

 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Great satisfaction

Eating a decadent helping of junk food feels good for about thirty minutes. Avoiding the junk, and sticking to a regimen of healthy, nutritious food keeps you feeling good all the time.

Making an impulse purchase of something totally unnecessary feels good, maybe for an hour or two. Avoiding those impulses, being financially responsible, knowing you can meet your obligations well into the future, feels good all the time.

The demands of living with discipline and responsibility may often seem burdensome. Yet if you were to abandon that discipline and responsibility, all areas of your life would suffer greatly.

Yes, life imposes a burden. The question is, will you willingly accept that burden and work to thrive within it, or will you run from the burden and thereby allow it to crush you?

Give yourself a life you can look forward to, not a life you must look back upon with regret. Feel good now about making the choices that will continue to keep you feeling good.

You can be strong, you can be diligent, and you can work with persistence to make life good in spite of its many burdens. Give yourself the great satisfaction of giving to life your best.

— Ralph Marston

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