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Life is short, but there is always time enough for courtesy.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Thursday, June 26, 1997

Give it up, and have it all

Give up the illusion that you can get something for nothing. It is impossible. Give up looking for a way to bend the rules. You cannot help but cheat yourself. Give up looking for a shortcut or an instant windfall. You get only what you give. Taking the “easy way out” only gets you... out.

Take a deep breath and decide to start living, to start giving, to start making a difference. Realize that your effort and your creativity are what make you alive. Seeking fulfillment through taking and possessing is an empty pursuit that leaves you hungry and desperate. Put your efforts into doing and becoming, instead of wasting your energy with jealously and empty wishes.

Look not at what you can have. Think of what you can do. Think of the life you can create. Think of what you can become.

Give up the need to get, and you can have it all. Give up the need to possess, and the abundance of life is yours to enjoy.

— Ralph Marston

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