Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
-- Abraham Lincoln



Thursday, October 27, 2016

Transform disappointment

Disappointment shines a light on the problem, and once that happens there’s no need to continue with the disappointment. Get over it, and get busy making a positive change.

Whether it’s disappointment with yourself, or someone else, or the world at large, there’s a way to make a change for the better. So figure out what you can do, and do it.

No, you can’t solve all the problems of the world before dinner. Yet you can nudge your little corner of the world in a beneficial direction.

Though you’ll find plenty of blame to go around, refuse to dwell on assigning or maintaining that blame. Today is a new day, and an opportunity to think, act and feel in new ways.

Initially, disappointment connects you in a powerful way to what you care about, which is very useful. Keep in mind, though, that holding on to disappointment is a sad waste of your time and energy.

Feel the disappointment, then quickly transform it into positive, effective activity. Don’t let disappointment hold you down, because you have a whole lot of better things to do.

— Ralph Marston


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