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What you need is sustained outrage...there's far too much unthinking respect given to authority.
-- Molly Ivins


Saturday, September 7, 1996

The Magic Formula

Wouldn’t it be great if there were some kind of shortcut for life? A way to get the things you want, the be the person you want to be, to have the relationships you’d like to have, right now, with no effort. You could lose weight, find the perfect mate, live in a luxurious mansion, travel the world, just by wishing. That would be great. Or would it?

Maybe not.

Have you ever wondered why diamonds are so valuable? After all, aside from some specialized industrial applications, diamonds are not all that useful. Their value comes primarily from the fact that they require so much effort to mine. If diamonds were as common as gravel, they they would be virtually worthless.

The value of anything is based directly on the effort needed to obtain it. Life itself is no different. Having the good things in life instantly, even if it were possible, would be an empty pursuit. Such a life would have no value.

The reward is in the journey, not the destination. Life is about being and growing, not about getting. Be thankful for the challenges. They are what give life its meaning.

— Ralph Marston

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