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I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific.
-- Lily Tomlin


Saturday, July 20, 2002

How you respond

Think of a time when your reaction to bad news ended up being worse than the bad news itself. Now consider that if you have the power to make something worse by the way you respond, you also have the power to make it better.

Look back over the events in your life, and you’ll see what a powerful role your responses have played. Certainly whatever happens to you has an influence, but what you do about it usually has an even greater influence.

It has been your responses, not the events that preceded them, which have brought you to where you are. And no matter what may come your way, you have the power to respond in whatever way you choose.

So you can blame the weak economy for your misfortune, or you can find in it an opportunity to create new value. You can curse the nasty weather, or you can use it as a time to move forward. You can complain that those around you don’t understand, or you can seek to strengthen your own understanding. You can let yourself be tossed around by random events, or you can direct them all toward your most treasured dream.

How will you respond to the events of life this very day? Whatever you choose, keep in mind that it can make all the difference in the world.

— Ralph Marston

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