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I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
-- Thomas Jefferson


Saturday, December 29, 2001

Cause and effect

Do you get a negative attitude because you’re having a bad day, or do you have a bad day because of your negative attitude? Which is it? They both usually occur at the same time, so is there really any way to tell?

Yes, there’s an excellent way to tell. Change your attitude and see what happens. Suddenly that bad day is not going to be so bad. The situation itself hasn’t changed, but your response to it has changed dramatically, and that can make a big difference.

Some people in your town are going to have a great, enjoyable, productive day today. Others right there in the same town are going to have a lousy, miserable day. They’ll both hear the same news on the radio. They’ll both encounter the same traffic snarls. They’ll both be exposed to the same weather. So what’s the difference? The difference is primarily in what each person decides to do with the day they’ve been given.

Which day will you have today? Whichever one you choose. Choose to make it great.

— Ralph Marston

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