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Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.
-- Jean-Paul Sartre


Monday, December 3, 2018

Ups and downs

There’s nothing you can do today that will prevent all future problems in your life. There is much you can do today that will prepare you and position you to successfully deal with those future problems.

If you’re fantasizing that life will one day be perfect, or worrying that life will soon be awful, you’re wasting precious life and time right now. Instead, use your time today to grow stronger, to live richly, to connect deeply, to increase your skills, knowledge, and wisdom.

Get yourself strong enough, capable enough, to be realistic while also being optimistic. Yes, the difficulties will come and yes, you can live a great and fulfilling life as they do.

Some things about your future you can control and many other things, you can’t. What you always can do is live the moment you’re in with gratitude, integrity, discipline, and love.

Live today so that you can look forward to tomorrow, eager to meet its challenges and fulfill its best possibilities. Stay thankful for all you have, for all you’ve experienced, and mindful of the good you can do.

Life will unfold with its ups and its downs. You can choose to be your best for it all.

— Ralph Marston

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