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Love is an ideal thing, marriage is a real thing. A confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.
-- Goethe


Tuesday, April 24, 2001

One of those days

Have you ever had one of those days when everything seems to go wrong at once? Your car won’t start. You get caught in the rain without an umbrella. An unexpectedly large bill arrives in the mail. Your plumbing springs a leak.

Now go back and imagine that at the beginning of one of those days, before all the problems hit, someone hands you a suitcase filled with ten million dollars in cash. Would you feel differently about the day? Would those problems seem so bad? What would you remember as the most significant event of that day? Compared to the enormous positive of receiving ten million dollars, the problems seem extremely insignificant.

The fact is, every day when you wake up you receive something much more valuable than a suitcase full of money. You get a whole day full of life, a whole day full of opportunity, a whole day of possibilities, a whole day in which you can make a difference. Sure there will be problems, yet when you put them in perspective, when you take them in stride, there’s no need for them to get you down or hold you back.

Life has its difficulties, but they pale in comparison to the positive possibilities available in each day. Keep the problems in perspective and live the joy of each moment.

— Ralph Marston

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