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The world does not pay for what a person knows. But it pays for what a person does with what he knows.
-- Laurence Lee


Monday, February 5, 2001

Misfortune behind you

How do you respond when something doesn’t go your way? Do you agonize, complain and bring yourself down by feeling sorry for yourself? Do you make the situation even worse by letting it stop you in your tracks?

A negative experience is no reason for negativity. In fact, a negative experience is all the more reason to remain resolutely positive. The thing to do when you’ve been knocked down is to get back up. Wallowing in your misfortune makes no sense at all.

Have you had a bad day? Have you had a bad month? Smile. It’s over and done with. Move forward. The past does not equal the future unless you allow it. Have you tried your best and failed? Smile. That’s history. Look up. Look forward. Set an even more compelling goal and start moving positively toward it.

Just because misfortune affects you doesn’t mean it must control you. Get misfortune behind you. Transcend it. Rise above it and move swiftly forward as you surely can.

— Ralph Marston

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