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Conscience is the root of all true courage; if a man would be brave let him obey his conscience.
-- James Freeman Clarke


Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Getting your way

Is the need to always get your way actually working against you and getting in your way? Keep in mind that happiness and fulfillment are not defined by always getting your way.

In fact, happiness and fulfillment can often come in ways that are completely unexpected. But when you’re too focused on whether every insignificant detail goes the way you want, many of life’s best treasures may just pass you by.

Ironically, life will more surely and easily go your way when you can let go of the need to always get your way. Because acceptance and gratitude are far more positive and empowering than desperation and resentment.

Certainly there are things you would like to have and things you would like to happen, and it’s great when they work out the way you intended. Yet it’s not the end of the world if they don’t.

Expect the best, be happy if it comes, and even happier if it doesn’t. For that’s your opportunity to take what you get, and make things even better than you originally expected they would be.

— Ralph Marston

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