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To know oneself, one should assert oneself.
-- Albert Camus


Saturday, May 11, 2002

Completely behind

There are two parts to every burden. One is the burden itself, and the other is how much of that burden you internalize and take for your own. You cannot magically transport yourself away from difficult circumstances. Yet you can choose to see, understand and live the fact that even the most difficult burden is not a part of who you are.

The troubles you experience are merely that -- experiences. As difficult as they may be, they do not need to become a part of you. Yes, you must pay attention to them and do something about those difficulties. Yet they are what you are working on and they are not who you are.

You exist beyond every single difficulty, beyond every burden, beyond every obstacle and overwhelming challenge. And though it will likely require great effort, you can rise above every one of them.

Though difficulties may consume your time, ravage your body and deplete your resources, they need never tarnish your soul. You are always free to experience the difficulties while at the same time living beyond them. And by so doing, eventually you will leave them completely behind.

— Ralph Marston

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