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Men are born to succeed, not to fail.
-- Henry David Thoreau


Monday, April 19, 2004

Truly best

It’s easy to think that life is unfair, and to lower your expectations accordingly. It’s easy to find someone or something to blame for your disappointments, and then to give up on moving forward.

It’s easy to convince yourself that you can’t, and to find plenty of perfectly valid reasons for hiding away from life. But what does that really accomplish? It’s easy to settle for less than you know you can be. Yet doing so can often lead to a terribly difficult and disappointing life.

The easiest choices in the short term usually bring the most difficult consequences in the long run. So the more you seek a life of ease, the more uncomfortable, the more truly uneasy it becomes.

To choose what is best, for yourself, for your world, is not usually the easiest choice. To follow the path of what is best takes commitment, effort, some discomfort and sacrifice.

Rather than quickly jumping on the easiest choice, consider the long-term effects on your precious and irreplaceable life. Look at the big picture, and you’ll find yourself choosing what is truly best.

— Ralph Marston

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