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The greatest part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances.
-- Martha Washington


Saturday, October 19, 2002

Stunning possibilities

There is much to fear, and yet there is vastly more for which to be thankful. How could we even know fear unless there was some frame of reference against which to view it?

The innate goodness of life and of all creation is overwhelming, and extends from the smallest particle of matter out to the most distant galaxies. The good and valuable things we take for granted in just a single hour’s time could not be fully comprehended even after a thousand years of study.

Positive possibilities stretch out in every direction, and following just one of them opens up another equally magnificent set of new ones. Certainly there are obstacles, yet they are finite and massively outnumbered.

Against such a bright and shining background, the problems and difficulties themselves become opportunities for even further blessings. Indeed, those problems ultimately serve to strengthen and to deepen our appreciation for the best of who we are and what we can be.

For every sadness there are a million possible joys. Look closely, lovingly and gratefully at the stunning possibilities in every moment and open yourself up to the best of them.

— Ralph Marston

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