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Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Wednesday, November 29, 2000

Consumed by desire

Desire is an essential part of achievement. Having enough desire to reach a particular goal will help you to get past all the obstacles which stand in your way.

Though desire is indeed necessary, too much desire can be disastrous. Up to a point, desire can be a positive and compelling force. Carried too far, however, desire can become overwhelmingly debilitating.

When you allow yourself to become consumed with desire, you are, in effect, consumed with the fact that you do not have the object of that desire. A healthy amount of desire keeps you constantly aware of the positive possibility and keeps you focused on achieving that possibility. Yet when you cross the line and become consumed with desire, the constant, internal message then becomes a negative one. You focus on the lack rather than the possibility of the desire. Once that happens, the possibility begins to slip away and the prospects for achieving the desire become increasingly dim.

Allow your desires to propel you. Take care not to let them swallow you. You can achieve what you desire as long as you keep your desires, and your life, in perspective.

— Ralph Marston

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