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The past should be a springboard not a hammock.
-- Irving Ball


Saturday, December 27, 2003

Truly shine

Do something difficult, something that will stretch you, something that will take you past what you already knew you could do. Choose a challenge that requires time, effort, dedication and commitment, then see it through to completion.

The most valuable experiences are not those that come easy. The things that mean the most are the things into which you put the most of yourself.

If life seems too empty, invest more of yourself in it. Nothing brings fulfillment until you put yourself into it. That requires effort. And the more rigorous the effort, the more fulfillment it makes possible.

Imagine how absolutely invigorating it will be to look back with satisfaction on a difficult and challenging job well done. Imagine the extraordinary level of confidence with which you’ll then be able to look to the future.

What a blessing it is that life can be such a challenge. For it is in working through those challenges that we truly shine.

— Ralph Marston

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