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Man is born to live and not prepare to live.
-- Boris Pasternak
 

 

Friday, October 1, 1999

The choice to participate

Do your circumstances hold you back, or do they reveal how much you’ve held yourself back? No circumstance, no misfortune can equal the power of commitment and determination.

When you choose to let some particular obstacle stop you, what is really stopping you? Is it the obstacle or is it you? The bad news is that you’ve been holding yourself back and there’s so much more you could have already accomplished. The good news is also that you’ve been holding yourself back -- and you can change your fortune any time you’re ready to do so.

Instead of giving your energy to the problems and obstacles by letting them get you down, re-direct that energy toward your dreams and ambitions. You can choose to participate in your own misfortune or you can choose to participate in your own success. That choice will make a world of difference in the quality of your life.

In each decision, in every moment, choose to wield your considerable influence in the direction that is most positive, productive and creative. Choose to let your world reflect the best you have to give.

— Ralph Marston

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