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God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road.
-- Isak Dinesen
 

 

Saturday, January 3, 1998

Stop holding back

What would you do if someone else treated you the way you treat yourself? How would you react if someone criticized you the way you criticize yourself? How would it be if someone forced you into the same self-defeating behavior that you choose to do on your own? What if someone else prevented you from enjoying life as much as you deny enjoyment to yourself?

You would, no doubt, be outraged. You would probably file a lawsuit, or have them arrested, or seek revenge. And yet each day you hold yourself back, and hardly even notice.

If you would never let someone else treat you that way, why do you allow yourself to do so? You have control over your own actions, your own thoughts, your own feelings. Stop defeating yourself. Allow yourself to live, permit yourself to succeed, let yourself enjoy life.

Be good to yourself. You deserve it.

— Ralph Marston

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