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The pain passes, but the beauty remains.
-- Pierre Auguste Renoir


Friday, October 10, 2003

What might be

You might win the lottery next week, but it would be foolish to depend on that possibility. You might be struck by a falling meteorite, but it would be foolish to avoid going out of the house because of that possibility.

Rather than putting too much focus on what might happen, keep your focus on what is and on what you can do about it. Rather than worrying about, or hoping for, things that are beyond your control, spend your thoughts, your time and your energy on those things you can control.

There are a lot of things that might happen. Yet the things that your thoughts, your words and your actions will cause to happen are what matter most. Those are the things into which it is wise to invest yourself. Those are the things through which you can truly make a difference for yourself and others.

Pick the possibilities that appeal most to you, and do something about them. Go beyond mere wishing and bring your best possibilities to life. Fill your mind with positive, productive thoughts that will lead to sustained, effective action. Make the very most of what is, and create the very best out of what will be.

— Ralph Marston

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