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There lies more faith in honest doubt, believe me, than in half the creeds.
-- Tennyson


Monday, December 8, 2014

Not all about you

Let the best of life come from you. But don’t try to make life be all about you.

You are knowledgeable, skilled, resourceful, experienced, creative and worthy of the best in your own unique way. Yet you don’t know it all, and can’t do it all, and wouldn’t even want to.

Much of life’s beauty comes from being a part of something larger than yourself. If you confine yourself inside a tight, impenetrable shell, you miss the best opportunities for fulfillment and enrichment.

One of the best things you can do for yourself is to acknowledge and embrace the value of others. Raise up your own life by enthusiastically giving your genuine respect, compassion, cooperation, friendship and love.

Multiply your joy, multiply your opportunities for learning, multiply your effectiveness and your best possibilities. Live beyond yourself, where it’s not all about you.

Living your life can be a miraculous experience. And when you live beyond yourself, life gets even better.

— Ralph Marston

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