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A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
-- Ernest Hemingway
 

 

Saturday, August 21, 1999

Your decision

Every good mood you experience is your decision, and so is every bad mood. Everything you do in anger is your decision, and so is everything you do with love and compassion.

Being effective is your decision, and so is being purposeless. Being successful is your decision. Being happy is your decision. Making a positive difference is your decision. Ultimately, the things which most affect the quality of your life are your decision.

There are many things over which you have little or no control. Yet you have complete control over yourself and the way you respond to the world around you. You can’t decide what the weather will be. However, you can decide to enjoy yourself whether it’s raining, snowing, blowing or hot. You have no control over the world economy or the market conditions in your particular business, yet you have complete control over how you decide to respond to those conditions.

The cards you’re dealt do not matter nearly so much as how you decide to play them. Decide to be successful. Decide to be happy. Truly decide to make a difference, and you will.

— Ralph Marston

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