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The ancestor of every action is a thought.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
 

 

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Choose well

You can have what you want for right now or you can have what you want for later. You cannot have both.

Now will be over in an instant. Later will last a whole lot longer.

If you sacrifice now to gain value later, you’re paying a small price and getting a big, long-lasting reward. If you sacrifice the quality of your life later to get what you want right now, you’re paying a huge price to obtain a tiny reward that soon disappears.

It’s easy to see what is the better choice. It’s not so easy to implement that choice.

Yet you have the power to make that better choice and to stick with it. You can make the relatively small immediate sacrifices to lead to a vastly improved future.

The choice is always here and the choice is always yours. Remind yourself what’s at stake, and choose well.

— Ralph Marston

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