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Although the connections are not always obvious, personal change is inseparable from social and political change.
-- Harriet Lerner


Saturday, December 20, 1997

Shine through the darkness

The darker it is around you, the more your light is needed. When you find yourself among others who are angry, hateful, resentful, discouraged, and cynical, that is when you can make the most difference by staying positively focused.

It is not easy. All too often we react to negativity by being negative. That just escalates the despair. Yet you can choose not to react. You can choose to follow your own course. Just because those around you act destructively, does not mean that you must.

When those around you are frustrated and impatient, make an effort to be extra calm and composed. When those around you are angry, strive to be the voice of reason and compassion. When those around you are discouraged, offer hope.

Be a difference, and you will make a difference.

— Ralph Marston

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