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Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
-- Rumi


Thursday, July 25, 2002

The high road

You are just as capable of lifting up someone else as that someone else is of bringing you down. You are just as capable of making a situation better as that situation is of making you worse.

When you come across someone who is not as positive and upbeat as you are, there’s a much better alternative than letting yourself sink to their level. That alternative is to raise the other person up to your level. The two of you will have to find some common ground in order to interact. So make that common ground a positive, productive, enthusiastic and empowering one.

Think of all the people who tend to drag you down. Now consider that if anyone has the power to drag you down, then you must also have the power to lift them up. Think of all the circumstances that bring you down. And know that if any situation has the power to bring you down, then you must also have the ability to make it better.

Decide to choose the high road, and commit yourself to staying on that high road. Anytime something or someone must change, do your part to make it a change for the better.

— Ralph Marston

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