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So is cheerfulness, or a good temper, the more it is spent, the more remains.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
 

 

Thursday, May 6, 1999

Useful

Satisfaction comes not from comfort, pleasure or amusement alone. These things can indeed be satisfying to a point, yet for true satisfaction and fulfillment we need more.

When pleasure, comfort and amusement ultimately fail to satisfy, the answer is not found in seeking even more pleasures. What your spirit truly longs for is to be useful.

Empty pleasure may look like fun from the outside. Yet on the inside, the empty outweighs the pleasure. Conversely, being useful may look like hard work on the outside, which it is. But on the inside it can be very fulfilling and wonderfully rewarding.

Capitalize on opportunities to be useful. Find a way each day to make a difference. Emptiness will not fulfill you, no matter how much of it you have. Shape the world. Make your mark. Be a positive force.

That will give you more satisfaction and fulfillment than any mere pleasure.

— Ralph Marston

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